The Singer

After meeting a boy on the subway, a young aspiring singer goes on a musical journey of self discovery… Or so she thinks.

  • Steven Swancoat
    Director
  • Steven Swancoat
    Writer
  • Matthew Cooper
    Producer
  • Steven Swancoat
    Producer
  • Tayler Hamilton
    Key Cast
    "Carley Johnson"
  • James Kemp
    Key Cast
    "Boy on Train"
  • Denis Woychuck
    Key Cast
    "Denis"
  • Mark DeMaio
    Key Cast
    "Booth Operator"
  • Rachel Guest
    Key Cast
    "Bartender"
  • Steven Swancoat
    Production Design
  • Steven Swancoat
    Editing
  • Steven Swancoat
    Cinematography
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 13, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    13,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4k
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival
    Hollywood, CA
    United States
    January 27, 2018
    Domestic Film Primere
    Best First Time Filmmaker Short
  • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    August 2018
    Best First Time Filmmaker Short
  • Souths Film and Arts Academy Festival
    Rancagua
    Chile
    January 16, 2018
    Best Production Design - Short Film
  • European Cinematography AWARDS
    Warsaw
    Poland
    February 14, 2018
    Best First Time Director
  • London Independent Film Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    April 7, 2018
    Best First Time Director
  • Global Film Festival Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 30, 2018
    Best Global Film, Best Actress, Best First Time Director, Best Cinematography, Best Producer, Best Editing
  • Oniros Film Awards
    Aosta
    Italy
    Best First Time Director, Best First Time Producer
  • Manhattan Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    April 25, 2018
    Best Fantasy Short Film
  • New Haven International Film Festival
    New Haven
    United States
    May 4, 2018
  • New York City International Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    March 8, 2018
    Nominee Best Short Film
Director Biography - Steven Swancoat

Steven Swancoat is a 32 year old board certified Ob/Gyn, artist and first time filmmaker living in New York City. In 2010, Swancoat moved to New York City as a medical student where his father encouraged him to “give art a try”. Never before did he imagine how his life would change.

In just 6 years as a self-taught painter, he has had over a 20 solo, group and international exhibitions, made over 500 paintings, featured on Bravo Television and magazines and has raised over $24,000 for various charities through his artwork. Notably, Swancoat hosted an art show & fundraiser at Susan Sarandon’s Ping Pong Club SPiN.

All this while simultaneously finishing medical school, and completing a four year Ob/Gyn residency program at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. After wraping filming of “The Singer” Swancoat, successfully passed board certification in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

While flying home from an art exhibition in Hong Kong, Swancoat found the inspiration to write and direct his first short film;

“I watched all these short films on the plane, they were all great stories but felt they lacked cool cinematography or music, the next night the entire film of The Singer flashed right before going to be”.

Currently Swancoat is working on writing and shooting his first feature film which he plans to shoot this summer in Michigan, as well as continuing to deliver babies, and exhibit his paintings and artwork.

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Trust your gut and make movies.