Experiencing Interruptions?

Some Southern Waters

After his girlfriend's death, an aimless musician spirals into a genre-bending fever dream.

  • Julian Baner
  • Julian Baner
  • Nick Kerr
  • Bry Reid
    Key Cast
  • Rachel Comeau
    Key Cast
  • Mariah Morgenstern
    Key Cast
  • Karim Dakkon
    Director of Photography
    Hanging Bear
  • Helen Morales
    Production Designer
    American Boyfriend
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  • Genres:
    Mystery, Suspense
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography - Julian Baner

Julian Baner is a writer-director born in Argentina and living in Orlando, Florida. He holds an MFA in film from the University of Central Florida. Originally attending UCF to study jazz trumpet, he switched his major to film after being inspired by a class on the films of Martin Scorsese taught by screenwriter Barry Sandler. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film from UCF in 2017, where he produced a collection of unique surrealist short films which have played in film festivals nation-wide.

In June of 2019, he began production on his debut feature Some Southern Waters, collaborating with many of the students he met during his time at UCF. He raised $16,000 through Seed&Spark, and cultivated a grass-roots effort between friends, students, faculty, and local businesses to produce the film.

2020 Some Southern Waters
2017 Diamond Day (16mm) | Short Film
2016 Some Southern Waters | Short Film
2016 He Hunts Not Fish (16mm) | Short Film
2015 LHOAVTEE (Super 8mm) | Short Film

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Director Statement

I have a recurring dream, indistinguishable and randomly scattered through my nights, in which I am trying to leave my house to meet someone, but things keep stopping me. I am set to leave, but then need to take care of a boiling pot of water. I am ready again, but I’ve forgotten toshut off a faucet. I am ready, but can’t manage to tie my shoes properly, constantly twisting knots. I am ready again, but a friend of mine stops me; they need my help in the backyard with God knows what. If I do finally manage to leave, I get lost driving. I miss a turn and must backtrack. I miss it again and must backtrack again. I make the turn, but the road is blocked. And so it goes, and so it goes. I never get to where I’m going. It is this recursive character that is at the heart of Some Southern Waters.

Some Southern Waters deals with an issue I have been fixated on -conveying the uncanny feeling of a dream: vitally significant and alluring, yet indefinite, amorphous, and often very humorous. I, as many before me, feel that cinema is the medium best equipped to translate dream states, or at least instill the feeling that one has dreamt. By focusing on a dream-like narrative, told through a character conflicted in his own feelings of ineptitude and opportunism, I hope to connect with an audience's own fascination with their dreams. I believe cinema, like music, has the power to throw a viewer into highly specific states of mind that they have not previously explored.
Much like a dream, I hope this film can elicit a variety of personal responses in each viewer, whether it be fascinated perplexion, wry laughter, cerebral contemplation, or joyous abandon.