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WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
Becca Roth
STARRING
Paton Ashbrook, Crystal Franceschini, Becca Roth (Voice), Timothy J. Cox, Paul Fabre
RUNNING TIME
16:58

 "Yeah, Love" Review 
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Currently in post-production for her first full-length feature, Becca Roth first delivered Yeah, Love, a technically challenged yet emotionally involving 17-minute short centered around Emily (Crystal Franceschini), a painfully shy high schooler with an equally painful crush on older classmate Milo (Paton Ashbrook).

After two years of soul-crushing silence and only two weeks away from when Milo will graduate, Emily finds herself suddenly face-to-face with the object of her unspoken affection and a walk in the park opens the door as Emily finally gets the guts to spill the beans on how she really feels...a revelation that may very well change her entire life.

A simple yet poignant story realistically constructed and tenderly realized, Yeah, Love benefits from a talented ensemble cast including a spirited and vulnerable performance from Franceschini and Ashbrook's more confident yet sensitive turn as Milo. Timothy J. Cox plays against his usual type as a doting yet mostly awkward father, while Paul Fabre is solid as the stereotypical high school jock going after the school's most beautiful girl.

Yeah, Love is obviously a lower budget short, and the camera work by Aaron Fisher and Roth at times distracts with a lack of clarity in shots that need a bit more intimacy. The sound mix, however, is surprisingly solid and consistent throughout the film's running time. The film also features a rather delightful array of music that helps the film's emotional resonance and pacing.

While Yeah, Love is technically challenged, it's a promising debut flick from writer/director and voice-over narrator Becca Roth, who clearly has a grasp of how to honestly yet lightly capture real human moments in the realm of the everyday experience. With authentic dialogue and relaxed, intuitive performances, this is one film that makes you want to see Roth's next film, Give and Take, about New York's underground musicians.
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