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Date Nights

A delicate exploration of love and loss.


Chris M. Rutledge’s short drama immerses viewers in the profound love shared between Michael (Jerrel O’Neal) and Lynn (Fana Tesfagiorgis), using the ritual of their weekly Sunday candlelit dinners to gradually unveil the poignant truth of Lynn’s absence and Michael’s journey through grief and loneliness. O’Neal delivers a charming and moving portrayal that perfectly complements Tesfagiorgis’s elegant presence, creating a duo whose connection transcends the screen.

Rutledge’s storytelling prowess shines through as he delicately explores themes of loss, grief, and acceptance in the intimate setting of their shared apartment. The film becomes a powerful narrative of healing, capturing the essence of love enduring beyond the physical realm.

The musical score, composed by Grammy award winner Keyon Harrold and performed by Grammy award winner Jermaine Holmes, adds a layer of emotional resonance, intertwining with the narrative and enhancing the romance that defined Michael and Lynn’s relationship.

Riccardo Stanley’s cinematography is a visual feast, expertly capturing the delicate nuances of the characters and their emotions. The film’s 20-minute duration, confined to the apartment, is a testament to Rutledge’s skill in conveying space and emotion with precision.

Heartfelt, endearing, and charming, Rutledge’s short film is a triumph of storytelling, acting, and technical prowess, leaving a lasting impact as it explores the timeless themes of love, loss, and the enduring nature of memory. A highly skilled and emotionally resonant work that elevates the short film genre.

You can watch the full short film on Amazon.

Date Nights Short Film


Runtime: 23 min
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