Jon Lundberg, image by Brian Murnion
A dramedy about 20-something year-olds turning over the next chapter in their lives and trying to understand the world as they see it.
Following a week in the lives of two friends, Jeremy and Ryan explore the meaning behind certain political influences, emotional and sexual attachments with others, and a spiritual understanding of day-to-day life. Jeremy, a writer, documents and records what he experiences in his own relationships with others, while Ryan attaches himself to a political movement to impress a female coworker. It is within these routines that they better understand who they are and how they interact with the world.
In 2008 I had just finished shooting my second short film, that day also happened to be my birthday, January 24th. Two days later my wife and I moved to Minneapolis, MN for a change of scenery and to experience something new. Little did I know that residing in this city at that moment in time was practically the equivalent of living inside an industrial-sized pinball machine. The city was undergoing vast construction and renovation, old businesses were moving out of town making room for new restaurants and hip gyms, the food & beverage industry in the city started unionizing, the housing market crashed, and here I was in the midst of it all, trying to wrap my head around what I was experiencing. I found common ground with the city, Uptown in particular, with a part-time job at an art-house/foreign film rental store called Cinema Revolution. This store archived and rented out hard-to-find, out-of-print, classic, art-house, foreign, and indie films to the public. A healthy diet of cinema was being fulfilled and nowhere else in town could one rent a Jean Eustache film. What a treat!
The speed at which things around me were changing started to affect me on a creative and spiritual level and it was within a short period of time that I knew a film was to be made. Days turned into weeks, and weeks into months, and months turned into a year (or so) and I started piecing together a narrative that would best represent the actions and outcomes of what I was experiencing in this city. Through this process, “A Return to the Narthex” was born. It underwent half-a-dozen script re-writes, casting changes, etc. before it was able to become the film it is today.