The Home of Split Pea Soup

THE HOME OF SPLIT PEA SOUP (16 minutes, Mini DV)

Things get worse before they get better when Kelly’s stuck for the night in a sleepy, small town, on the worst day of her life, with a tow-truck driver, the wisdom of St. Therese and a little cow chip bingo…

“A meditation on the curative and contagious power of generosity…a gem.”
– LA Weekly

Screenings

AUSTIN Film Festival, Austin, TX
MethodFEST, Calabasas, CA
Portland Women’s Film Festival (POWFest), Portland, OR
FLICKERINGS Festival, Chicago, IL
PASO ROBLES Digital Film Festival, Paso Robles, CA

Director’s Statement

Perhaps the true definition of adulthood lies in accepting the decisions you made that lead you to a place you never wanted or expected to be. In my thirties, many people I know were dealing with strained marriages, adultery, separation, divorce, unwanted pregnancy, children living with different parents in different homes. I saw how people struggled to reconcile the lives they were living with the lives they had always assumed they would lead.

When I was younger, I had my own preconceptions; these problems happened to certain people, they were the result of poor choices, there was a way to avoid such messiness in life. The older I’ve grown however, the more I realize that we are all susceptible to finding ourselves in difficult situations, and at some point we all find ourselves in need of compassion, mercy and forgiveness.

I wanted to make a film about a woman racked with guilt about having an abortion and leaving her husband. Only when she encounters a stranger’s unexpected empathy can she open her eyes to the world around her to see indeed how much pain, but also how much human kindness, there is to be found. And perhaps that is all we need to keep on going; to know that despite our flaws, faults, and regrets there is kindness and forgiveness in the world, and we are all deserving of it.

Writer, Director & Editor   AMY ADRION
Director of Photography   DAVID HARRIS
Assistant Director   ABE SYLVIA
Production Designer   REGINA TSASIS
Composer   WILLY GOLDEN
Original Song by   SEAN EDEN
2nd Assistant Director   ELAINE GIBSON
Sound Mixer   GEETA MALIK
Boom Operators   JUSTIN WOLSKE, KINGA DOBOS, ELAINE GIBSON
Sound Designer   JANE MCKEEVER

Cast

Kelly   JOLENE ANDERSEN
Dominick   CASPAR POYCK
Cow Chip Bingo Woman   D.J. HARNER
Cow Chip Bingo Buyer   STEVEN MORRISON
Priest   JERRY ELLIS
Bartender   ROSA MENDOZA
Renee   KEATON SHAPIRO
Renee’s Mother   PHYLLIS OSMAN
Mechanic   BRADLEY CRAIG