The abrupt absence of a beloved son and close friend leave Quinn (Tyler Seiple) and Jess (Kiana Harris) grasping for answers while struggling to fabricate the reality of the question: Did Bailey commit suicide?
Bailey (Corbin Jones), Quinn and Jess were childhood friends. The trio eventually outgrew itself as each individual matured coming into their own identity. The conflict between the friends occurs when each person’s maturity develops at its own pace. Consequently, one friend is inspired to pursue an education away from home. Two of the three are brought closer together leaving the other rejected and seemingly with no purpose.
Nonetheless, the three are determined to remain life-long friends but when Quinn and Jess receive the news that Bailey suddenly dies from a fall, the two are grief-stricken. As the two make their way to Bailey’s home, Quinn’s flight is delayed leaving Jess alone with Bailey’s father, Mr. Palmer (John Wesley Shipp) to figure out how and why Bailey could have fallen and what’s worse, did he fall or jump?
Separation Anxiety, a fitting movie title by writer Jeremy Sony. The film is directed by Cole Simon of Glass City Films. Simon takes viewers on an suspensful tour from Quinn, Jess, and even Mr. Palmer’s viewpoint. The torment not only comes from Bailey’s sudden death, but also from Quinn and Jess’s inability to grieve together which forces them to deal with their own thoughts and about their individual relationships with one another and especially Bailey.
As act one and two take the audience on this emotional journey of confusion, pain, and denial, the climax occurs as Quinn and Jess face the fact that Bailey may have taken his life and that their Three-Musketeer relationship may have played a part in it. The climax flat-lines when Mr. Palmer presents Jess with an envelope written by Bailey right before his death. This envelope sedates everyone’s anxiety, including the viewer. It will serve as the eulogy and unification that will answer questions and re-connect Bailey back to Quinn, Jess, and even his father.
Separation Anxiety won the Golden Drover Award at the Trail Dance Film Festival for Best Director (Simon) and was also nominated for Best Actress (Harris), and Best Feature Drama. The movie has also screened at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Browning Cinema of Notre Dame, Indiana. To purchase a copy of Separation Anxiety, visit the film’s official website.