Father & Daughter Film Report
Interview with Sasha Gordon:
a journey from music to film
Amanda likes a good romantic comedy, however, to be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of this genre, even the 'good ones' are somewhat predictable. However Sasha Gordon's big hit It Had to be You had me at the edge of my seat in suspense...and laughing all the way!
Both Amanda & myself LOVED IT and was totally in agreement this unique approach to describing a relationship being chosen Best Comedy Feature Film at Twister Alley, which is saying a lot, not only in the fact that this is a real winner of a film from a senior citizen like me and a savvy teenager just out of high school, the psychological and philosophical depth in the writing covers something that should be studied at universities....in PhD level classes.
We were lucky to corner Sasha for an interview, for all her life she has been busy in music and a composer for films - Dear Lemon Lima (2009), God of Love (2010) & I Believe in Unicorns (2014) and of course her director debut in It Had To Be You (2015). Unfortunately we don't have a trailer to show you for this gem of a film, however the website's synopsis does an excellent job to give you an idea of the delightful story:
"Sonia is a neurotic jingle writer who’s always dreamt of a big and exciting life. Surprised by a sudden proposal and subsequent ultimatum from her easy-going boyfriend, Chris, Sonia has to decide whether she’ll join the ranks of her married friends or take a leap and pursue her fantasies. A whimsical romantic comedy that’s raunchy and yet gentle, IT HAD TO BE YOU explores the choices women face today while satirizing cultural expectations of gender and romance."
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Clicking on the storyboard below will take you the film's website, which as you can see, offers a variety of entertainment in and of itself:
Composer, writer, film-maker, & director Sasha Gordon, turns her vision of a female "...flawed, goofy, but real character..." into a truly delightful & entertaining romantic comedy.
Besides recognition for the Critics' Choice Awards, Austin Film Festival, and the Woodstock Film Festival, "It Had to be You" won BEST FEATURE FILM and BEST ACTRESS (for Cristin Milioti) at the 2016 Twister Alley Film Festival.
Writer/Director Sasha Gordon notes this is a very personal film, stating when her husband proposed to her - or tried to, as she puts it - rather than "seeing hearts and hearing violins, I was filled with panic and terror..."
The film's main character, played brilliantly by Cristin Milioti (Wolf of Wall Street, 30-Rock, Fargo, The Sopranos, and was chosen Best Actress in a Feature Film @ Twister Alley) is certainly a personal representation of Sasha, for the jingle writer in the story is indeed a view of the director's early work as a film composer, scoring award-winning works for features, commercials, documentaries, and shorts, the latest being the soundtrack for the Academy Awarding winning short, God of Love.
For more information, check out the film's webite site at: www.sashagordonmusic.com