A thin, bleary-eyed girl slips onto an unlit balcony. By the dim glow of the security lights, she tip-toes down the steps to the bottom row. She sets a flute case on the railing and leans way over, eying the great distance to the floor below. Stepping back, she pulls a note from her pocket. She unfolds it and lays it next to the flute case. One word at the bottom is clearly legible: GOODBYE.
The Balcony is an artistic short film about a girl and a boy who find hope through an anonymous duet in a darkened auditorium. The film has no dialogue and is told almost entirely through music. It has a strong suicide prevention theme without being overt and off-putting. Watch now below!
The project was released on September 10 for World Suicide Prevention Day. The screenplay was written by Aubrey Hansen, and Month of the Novel cinematographer Kendra Ness directed the film. Jordan Smith of Phantom Moose Films is the producer.