Amanda, the latest film from Award Winning Director, Ty Cooper, is a story about love, trauma, relationships, art and community. Cooper was able to capture the essence of a relatable story through the capturing of what he has referred to as “the art of life.” Pulling from his own family’s tragedies as well as a sense of community, he wrote the screenplay as an attempt to connect with audience members with similar experiences. He states, “love doesn’t exist without the opposite and often, tragedy brings people together more than love does, but love is what makes it worth it.”
The lead character in the film lost her mother to cancer when she was only 9 years old. She remembers the suffering of which her mother experienced and not much else. Living with this trauma, the film opens with a 28 year old Amanda, a painter awaiting to get her collection into an art gallery. As she struggles to complete the final piece, she finally finds a hint of love from a regular in her favorite coffee shop. She’s forced to face the trauma which has haunted her since the passing of her mother.
Directed by Ty Cooper (USA)