I am, You are

  • Robert Riglietti
    Director
  • Robert Riglietti
    Writer
  • Amelia Votta
    Producer
  • Ashley Shea
    Key Cast
  • Marty Smith
    Key Cast
  • Grant Terzakis
    Key Cast
  • Nick Yiakoumatos
    Key Cast
  • Becka Carroll
    Key Cast
  • Marybeth Paul
    Key Cast
    Daddy's Home 2
  • Sean Greene
    Director of Photography
  • Kelly Coccio
    Production Design
  • Jack Ieronimo
    Sound
  • Jennifer Lee Johnson
    Makeup
    Drinking Buddies
  • Mandi Gratten
    Gaffer
  • Cevan Long
    Script Supervisor
  • Arianna Rizzo
    Key PA
  • Kira Bergman
    PA
  • Brianna Creech
    Publicist
  • Robert Riglietti
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 17 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Robert Riglietti

Robert Riglietti is a filmmaker from Huntington, NY and graduate of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island. His interest in film sparked as a freshman in high school after making various extra credit videos for English class, reenacting scenes from books he had read. This eventually led to the creation of personal works such as music videos and short films. As a senior, he got his first job as a videographer for a local e-commerce marketplace, making promotional videos for businesses in his hometown. To further his film knowledge, Robert enrolled at URI as a Film/Media major with one of the top scholarships offered by the school.

In college, Robert worked on over 50 films and videos ranging from his own personal short films, to videos promoting the school. In his time at URI, he became the Head of Student Media Production for the Harrington School, spearheading all the promotional videos used to promote the institution. He also worked as a Media Technology Specialist for the school’s Media Equipment Center where film equipment is distributed, and students are assisted in media technology usage. As a senior, Robert received the Fred Joyal Film Scholarship award for outstanding achievements in filmmaking.

So far, Robert has made countless films under his brand Rigged Productions, with the three most notably being “Past Lives,” “Moretta,” and “I am, You are.” Many of his films can be considered psychological dramas, typically revolving around mental illness.

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Director Statement

Going into my final semester at the University of Rhode Island, I had high aspirations for myself in planning what was to become I am, You are. Looking back over it, the team and I have made something to be proud of. With the largest budget on any of my films to date, utilizing the most high end equipment available to us, having a very skilled cast, and bringing together URI’s dream team of filmmakers, we had the opportunity to not only build such a stunning project, but also learn and expand our talents beyond our typical reach.

This project marks my return back to narrative films after a few years of experimental exploration, making I am, You are the first narrative film I’ve created in 3 or so years. As always with my projects, the film touches on topics of mental health, albeit portrayed in a very hyperbolic sense at points. These themes derive from my own continuous struggle with anxiety, and often times, my films act as a very cathartic activity for me to express such struggles.

This film held a lot of firsts for our cast & crew. For much of the crew of students, this was our first time working with real actors, one of which being a SAG-AFTRA union actor. This brought along an unforgettable experience and marvelous portrayal of the characters, yet put us in unmarked territory. For our DP, the talented Sean Greene, this was his first narrative film, having already done a wealth of promotional material in the past. However, he displayed his skill with confidence and ease. Finally, having shot this film over the course of three days, we had to stay on task under some heavy time constraints, but the cast & crew rose to the occasion, becoming what was possibly one of the best students sets i’ve worked on.

I am, You are explores a complicated situation between a mother and son against the despotic doctor that runs the eccentric facility the son is institutionalized in. The film displays hints of surrealism, both in the story and in the two ‘non-narrative segments’ scattered throughout, which act as a personification of a particular feeling that both I have experienced, as well as what the son, Stuart, feels within the film.

Regardless of your response to the film as a whole, I ask that you keep an open mind and heart while experiencing I am, You are.