Project: Five Questions​

Brief Synopsis: In Five Questions, Jill comes to terms with an early trauma in her life. In each of the film’s five scenes,
a question is asked that propels Jill forward and toward an answer that opens a path to resolution.

Written and directed by David Arrow, Five Questions stars Amber Paul (Harry Styles: Music for a Sushi Restaurant) and features a diverse supporting cast that includes: Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Kiera Allen (Run), Joyia D. Bradley, Tom Alan Robbins, Eliza Simone, Andrew Arrow, and Elijah Guo. The film was produced by Leon Derriey.

Director of Photography: Mark Raker.

Editor: Joseph Huba.

Production Designer: Celina Arslanian.

Music: David Robbins.

Costume Designer: Leon Dobkowski.

Sound Designer: Colin Barry-Jester.

Technical specs.
Runtime: 11.11
Aspect ratio: 1.85
Sound: Stereo.
DCP in 2K and 4K


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Extended Synopsis

In Five Questions, we follow Jill (Amber Paul) through five different scenes. At the end of each scene, she is asked a question which either forces her to consider her actions or propels her into the next scene. In the first scene, we see her on a date with Hank (David Arrow), a potential boyfriend.
In the second scene, their romantic fun is interrupted when Jill receives a mysterious phone call. In the third scene, she’s trapped in the confines of an elevator platform and facing the ire of an impatient young man (Elijah Gou), who is waiting for the elevator. Jill is so distracted that she barely connects
with her friend (Kiera Allen), who passes Jill in her wheelchair.
In the fourth scene, Jill is in a park grappling with something that, as of now, only she knows. Jill sees a mother and daughter (Joyia D Bradley and Eliza Simone) engaging in a silly game and envies the loving bond between them.
In the fifth and final scene, Jill is forced to come to terms with an past trauma in her life. She is confronted by someone who was part of her past, her sister Gena (Donna Lynne Champlin). In this final scene, the question she is asked and the answer that Jill gives unlocks a door to understanding and reveals a path to resolution.

Director’s Note

The idea behind the creation of Five Questions was to challenge myself to tell a story using questions to propel that storyline forward. It struck me how many questions are asked of us on a daily basis, and how few we actually answer. Often an answer is not really necessary, as the question itself implies what the answer might be – or at least what the questioner expects it to be. For example: Are you nuts? Sometimes, an answer can surprise us. For example: Yes. Or: No, I’m not nuts, I’m George. My task then was to embrace this imposed challenge and create a dialogue and visual story in five succinct and compact scenes.