LaGrange native River Fallon recently co-wrote, co-produced and starred in her first independent film, “On the Sidewalk.” Fallon is also submitting the film for the second annual Lafayette Society for Performing Arts Southern Film Festival, which is slated to take place later this year.
Fallon has worked on other independent films production-wise, but “On the Sidewalk” is her “biggest” one she’s worked on to date, she said.
“On the Sidewalk,” an approximately 20-minute short film, follows two homeless LGBT+ men who manage to form a strong emotional bond with each other while struggling with the mental and societal effects of roaming.
Fallon said the film was written and shot to be “as natural as possible” to show the issues the characters face.
“There are so many important messages to be found in ‘On the Sidewalk,'” Fallon said. “I think the most important thing exists in a phrase Joe utters when he says, ‘Everybody needs a friend. Everyone needs someone. No matter who we are or what we’ve done in life, we all deserve to be loved.
Fallon had graduated from Troup High School in 2006. She was officially known as Brandon Lee before beginning the transition. Early in her life at LaGrange, she was heavily involved with area arts organizations, particularly the LSPA, she said.
“I actually started acting when I was cast in the operetta ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ with the LaGrange Opera Theater when I was 13,” Fallon said.
She married her husband, Andrew Spingola, and moved to Atlanta to pursue a career in film about nine years ago.
“On the Sidewalk” was produced and filmed in Dunwoody by a diverse crew from across the country, including LaGrange, Corpus Christi, Texas and Orlando, Florida, she said.
Fallon’s next project will focus on modern dating and will be filmed at LaGrange.
Fallon and his team are expected to begin filming in late summer and plan to use one or more local bars as the film’s set.