The Golden Year

Theo, a musician in recovery, attends a support group and struggles to open up about his sobriety. His pregnant girlfriend, Mia, worries about their financial future. Theo meets a producer who initially gives him hope but ultimately discourages him. Theo's sobriety is challenged, but Mia encourages him to keep working on his music. Theo manages to maintain his sobriety, juggle work and music, and prepare for the baby. He finally earns his one-year chip, and a record label owner approaches him to jump-start his music career.

  • Sean Lally
  • Kathryn DeLuca Moran
  • Kathryn Moran
  • Ryo Sato
  • Autum Wright
    Key Cast
  • Cody Surface
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Coming of Age, Romantic Comedy, Short film
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital S-Log
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - SCAD-Atlanta
Director Biography - Sean Lally

Sean has amassed several years of experience working in the film industry, collaborating with some of the most distinguished professionals in the field. Presently, he is diligently striving to bring his vision to life as a writer and director for his debut feature film. Apart from his love for storytelling, Sean is committed to collaborating with capable individuals, regardless of their background, to help realize his creative vision. As a director, Sean understands that his role transcends mere authority, necessitating a leadership style characterized by empathy, firmness, and modesty.

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Director Statement

In undertaking this project, my goal was to offer a compelling portrayal of the inner turmoil that individuals encounter during their path to sobriety. While some may identify with the challenges of staying afloat amidst adversity, many are unfamiliar with such circumstances.