Today we just wrapped the principal photography on "The Swinging Tree." This is a story about family. Seventeen year old Sophia decides to run away from home with her lover, Alicia, because she does not want to face the truth. Her father is dying. It is up to Sophia to decide if she is strong enough to overcome her deepest fear to be there for her father during his last days. Writer and director J. Daniel Rivera is a senior in the Narrative Production program of the Film Department at Cal State Long Beach. He has written and directed over 15 projects including short films, sketches, music videos, and documentaries. He has three official selections on film festivals and two awards for Best Documentary and Best Editing. His most recent achievement was his short drama More Than Anyone being selected for the Bonita Springs International Film Festival in Florida. The Swinging Tree is his most ambitious project to date!
I am so excited to see the final product on this film.
Starring: Hannah Celeste as Sophia, Jessica Winward as Alicia, Landyn Rosemond as Young Sophia, Mark Schaefer as Dad, Lisa Renee as Mom