Summer and Jonathan are in love, but love isn’t enough for some people. Their relationship can only be described as pure bliss. Unfortunately, the world is uncomfortable with the pair and a series of events start to hint at Jonathan’s mental stability.
My new film About That… is a sensitive love story about a fragile reality constructed by Jonathan, who needs his world to stay in tact. But he feels that he’s under siege by friends who are trying to pull him back to reality. It also takes a look into mental health and acceptance in society.
Summer and Johnathan walk up stairs to an apartment, chatting. Johnathan knocks on the door.
If you have super mind reading powers, it’s sitting in on conferences and knowing what leaders are thinking?
That is so lame!
How you gonna call someone corny with all that lipstick on your teeth?
Really? I got lipstick?
Summer rubs her teeth with her finger.
I don’t have lipstick on my teeth.
A woman opens the door.
Karen looks at Johnathan and Summer
Um…come on in.
The woman leads Johnathan and Summer into the dining room where others are sitting and chatting.
I have placeholders here, please find your name. Have a seat, enjoy yourself.
The other friends at the table look at Johnathan strangely.
So guys, vacation this year? We should! Aspen! The usual.
Oh, Aspen. You know, I’m all for Aspen but –
It’s so cliché.
Summer and Johnathan sit down and admire the table settings.
Oh, this is so cute, look at our names! They put Summer on there.
Later, Johnathan whispers to Summer.
Why don’t you say something?
No, no I don’t want to say it.
You want to say it? Ok, I’ll say it. Ok, listen, listen. What Summer’s saying is that while the real issue is the bigotry and how it’s interwoven into American society. And you know, that’s what we all need to really focus on is the real problem.
Johnathan looks at Summer for confirmation.
Yeah, uh, that’s a good point. That’s a very good point.
A child at the table taps on her mom’s shoulder.
Mom, why is that guy talking to –
We’ll talk about that when we get home, ok honey?
But he’s playing-
The wife grabs her child’s hand and pulls it back.
Don’t do that. You’ll confuse her. He’s talking to a doll.
Across the table, Johnathan speaks to a mannequin.
WIFE (SPEAKING TO HER HUSBAND)
Honey really, at the dinner party?
The room goes quiet.
CUT TO:Johnathan’s apartment
You really think I can do it?
Yes! We can do it together!
Summer runs over and jumps on Johnathan’s lap. Music is playing in the background.
Oh yeah? Just you and me, huh.
Me and you.
And, to get you started, I made you these.
Summer pulls business cards out of her bra and hands one to Johnathan.
I picked out a name for your company and everything.
Oh wow, so you are going to be my whole entire rapid parts department?
Yeah! I like it.
Do you even know your primary colours?
Oh! So, what are they?
Well, I know the order very well.
Oh do you.
And I’m sure he’ll put in a good word for me. Besides, who cares what colours are secondary or primary, or thirdinary…
Johnathan tickles Summer.
CUT TO:Kitchen, where Summer is making pancakes
Um, hey, you wanna surprise Karen for lunch? I mean, she wants to talk to me first, probably something about Mark but after that I was thinking we could go to that place across the street and have some lunch. That place she likes.
CUT TO:Johnathan and Summer are in a restaurant, Summer has a seat at a table while Johnathan goes to speak with Karen.
Karen walks up to the table where Johnathan is and kisses him on the cheek.
So, what’s up?
Everything’s good. Just a little hectic, with the new exhibit coming into the gallery, but a good hectic.
I just wanted to check in on you and see how everything’s going.
It’s been going pretty good for me, you know? We um – Summer and I – we’re thinking about venturing off and starting my own business.
Yeah…you and Summer have been spending a lot of time together. And, I’m just a little concerned that you’re doing everything you’re supposed to be doing?
Yeah, I mean, she’s been real busy and she’s like, just pushing me! You know, to be like a better person and just get –
KAREN (INTERRUPTING JOHNATHAN)
Okay, Johnathan. I’m just gonna say it. I’m scared.
CUT TO: Johnathan goes to his car, sits down and looks at his passenger seat where a mannequin is sitting. He has flashbacks to the mannequin at the dinner party, and driving in his car. He begins to scream until Summer’s hand comforts the back of his neck.
Director: Damien D. Smith
Actor and filmmaker Damien D. Smith lives to tell stories. His sense of artistry allows him to use the platform as a tool to boldly spread a message of acceptance and love to humanity. He believes that it is the artist’s responsibility to challenge, motivate and challenge the world around us.
Born in St. Louis and raised by his grandparents, Smith developed an early appreciation for helping others. His grandmother imparted a deep-rooted passion for community, faith, and social activism. Her gift for taking care of those that were mentally, physically or emotionally challenged planted an irreversible seed of empathy in Smith, and a desire to shed light on various injustices and all of the “ism’s” that keep people from truly connecting.
A seasoned actor with over fifteen years in the industry, Smith has appeared in the NAACP Theater Award-winning production of “12x9,” television series including “Tosh.O,” “The American Dream” and “Front Seat Chronicles.” He can also be seen in the forthcoming feature film THE PROBLEM Y, directed by Joseph Benjamin Miller. Smith is a true Renaissance man, writing, directing, producing and acting with equal passion and dedication.
Smith’s directorial debut is a short narrative film entitled ABOUT THAT, a powerful look at love through the eyes of a mentally disturbed young man. The film implores the audience to engage in meaningful discussions around the subject of mental health in our communities, and to remove some of the isolating stigma of the illness.
Smith resides in Los Angeles, and is working on several upcoming projects, including a narrative feature that he will write and direct.