Director Jay Jennings' short film, “THE DROWNING”, is a riveting, psychological drama that will totally absorb you with its haunting subject matter, as a young dad spirals downward into a deep depression after the drowning death of his son. 

                         


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SYNOPSIS:

A divorced dad runs into a street prophet on Hollywood Boulevard who tells him that Judgement Day is coming and the end is near. The dad does not understand what he’s talking about and breaks away from the prophet’s grip.

Later that day, the dad visits his new girlfriend and takes his young 10-year-old son along who wants to go swimming. Unfortunately, the dad gets distracted by doing drugs with his girlfriend and neglects to keep an eye on the boy, who tragically drowns in the pool despite the dad’s efforts to revive him.  

Some time later, while visiting and weeping at his son’s grave, the dad recollects some of the good times he had with his son, but his last memory is of his drowning. Lightening strikes as the dad and his girlfriend are caught in the rain.

The next day, the dad’s nagging apartment manager demands the rent money or else he’ll call the police and have him evicted. Feeling that his life is strangling him, the dad tells his psychiatrist that his sessions aren’t helping him cope with the loss of his son and wants nothing more to do with him. The dad visits the park where he used to play with his son on the swings, as he slips deeper and deeper into depression. A local priest tries to counsel the dad, but it fails to give him any hope, let alone, the will to live. 

With his grip on reality slowly slipping away, not to mention, his unwillingness to accept his son’s death, the dad comes home one night and yells at God for not telling him why he took his son away. After splashing his face with water and trying to convince himself that he’s not crazy, the dad has another flashback of his son drowning. With no alternative in sight, he decides to join his son in death by committing suicide. Lying in a bathtub with his wrists slit, dad and son are now together again, playing on the swings in the park.



DIRECTOR'S BIO:

Director Jay Jennings is a graduate of Beverly Hills High School who learned the craft of filmmaking by working as a production assistant on many studio features in the early 1990s while attending Columbia College Hollywood and the Hollywood Film Institute. 
Jennings’ earliest foray into filmmaking began in high school, shooting Super-8 home movies with classmate Nicolas Cage. Jennings has directed two features, "HELL TO PAY” (2014) and "LOANSHARK" (1999), which was a film festival favorite.
A fan of 1950s film noir, 1970s crime dramas, and the French New Wave, Jennings' own cinematic style pays homage to all those genres in subtle, yet memorable ways. Jennings has also written four original screenplays, two books, and a one-man-play about Orson Welles.

CAST

The Dad...................................Rando Thomas
The Son...................................Jordan Tygh
The Girlfriend............................Stacie Richards Dail
The Psychiatrist.......................Mike Cahill
The Manager............................George T. Woods
The Prophet.............................Steven Brown
The Priest................................Bill Durrell


CREW

Writer/Producer/Director...........  Jay Jennings
Cinematographer/Editor/Music....Jay Jennings
Sound Boom.............................Garrett Bradley
Unit Production Manager............Maria Alonzo
Script Supervisor.......................Susan Jones
Location Manager......................Tom Brewster
Make-up/Wardrobe.....................Elaine of Beverly Hills
Grip..........................................Carmine Vincent
Additional Music........................Kevin MacLeod
Additional Music........................Jason Shaw
Additional Music........................Garargo Garcia Jr.
E-mail all inquiries to: jenningsfilms@gmail.com