Alone Together



A story of shipwrecks and love -- After a terrible ocean storm, Brendan finds himself on a Chilean island with Eloise, the girl of his secret dreams. Alone together for the first time, the two grow close, yet Brendan worries: if they leave the island will Eloise still need him?

Director Ben Kadie (age 16) filmed throughout the beautiful Pacific Northwest including underwater in Lake Washington and on the 100-year-old tugboat Arthur Foss. The film stars Seattle-area actors Asher Jordan and Bria Lynn Massie. It features a licensed songs by Bright Eyes, Bronze Radio Return, and Carl Hauck.






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Asher Jordan as Brendan with Sherie Suter and Jeff Zornes as his parents



Samantha Camp, Sherie Suter, Jeff Zornes and Bill Begorre



Brendan (Asher Jordan) and Eloise (Bria Lynn Massie) pose for the photo.



The Arthur Foss tugboat is perfectly cast in the role of "the boat."



Simone Leorin and Greg Marks as the sailors



Asher Jordan as Brendan wakes on an unfamiliar beach.



Asher Jordan as Brendan sees Bria Lynn Massie as Eloise in the water below.



Alone Together @ World Arts Film Festival / April 11 / Jacksonville, FL
Alone Together @ Gasparilla International Film Festival, March 19-24
Alone Together @ George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, February 28-March-2 / Florence, AL

Award: Winner Young Filmmaker Category

Alone Together @ Phoenix Film Festival, April 4-11

Award: Best Grade/High School Film

Alone Together @ Wild Rose Independent Film Festival / November 8 / Des Moines, IA

Award: Best Student Film - High School

Alone Together @ Sun & Sand: The Mississippi Film & Music Festival / November 7-11 / Biloxi
Alone Together @ Route 66 International Film Festival / November 2 / Springfield, IL

Student Film Award


Alone Together @ SNOB Film Festival / November 8-11 / Concord, NH
Alone Together @ Red Rock Film Festival / November 13 & 17 / Zion National Park, UT
Alone Together @ Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival / October 26-29 / OR

Top Youth Award

Alone Together @ Seedling Offshoot Film Festival / October 5 / Fayetteville, AR / First Prize Student Narrative Short

Award: First Place Narrative Short

Lead actress Bria Lynn Massie, who now works in Los Angeles, will represent the film at the San Pedro International Film Festival./ October 13  / CA
(Photo, Red Carpet Interview with Bria Lynn Massie)
Alone Together @ Laughlin International Film Festival / October 14 / NV
Alone Together @ Gig Harbor Film Festival / October 19 / WA
Alone Together @ Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival / October 12 / NV

Award: First Place Young Filmmakers Competition

Phenom Film Fest has named ALONE TOGETHER

Award: Best Student Short Film, 17 & Under.

 I'll get a trophy wearing a fez! Thanks! It played on Sept 9 in Shreveport, LA.

ALONE TOGETHER will play at the Black Earth Film Festival in Galesburg, IL, on Saturday, Sept 15th. This is close to Peoria, so my family there will be able to see the film on the big screen!
ALONE TOGETHER will play the Ruby Mountain Film Festival on Sept 30 in Elko, NV. Last year Mack screened at the festival.
ALONE TOGETHER will play the Independents' Film Festival on Sept 8 in Tampa, FL. It is one of five films in the Junior program. Last year Secret Club screened at the festival.
ALONE TOGETHER played on Saturday, Aug. 18th, at the Sacramento Film & Music Festival and won two awards:

Awards: Emerging Filmmaker Award & Best Young Filmmaker.

ALONE TOGETHER Wins One of Two Top Awards from da Vinci Film Festival

July 23, 2012: Thanks to the Da Vinci Days Film Festival in Corvallis for yesterday giving ALONE TOGETHER the "Emerging Artist Award"! The award, which includes a $150 prize, is one of the festival's two top prizes. The film also won "Best Youth Filmmaker". Last year, Mack screened, we were able to attend, and had a great time. This year, I had to stay home to work on The Painted Girl.

ALONE TOGETHER and SECRET CLUB will play the the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, AL, on August 25th. In 7th grade, they screened A FRIENDLY GAME and 009.

ALONE TOGETHER will screen at the Mosaic Student Film Festival (Rockford, IL) on Aug 4!
MovingMedia Student Film Festival (at Wayne State University) names ALONE TOGETHER "Best in Show (High School)"!
Alone Together will screen at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival on August 15-19, 2012 in Vancouver, WA. Last year the festival screened Mack.

Interview on Shriekfest Radio

May 24, 2012: Jaimee Lee from Shriekfest Internet Radio interviewed Ben for 40 minutes about Molly and the Masked Storm, Alone Together, etc. Shout outs went to Asher Jordan, Bria Lynn Massie, Northwest Seaport, SIFF & The Seattle Times, Seattle True Independent Film Festival, Noah Hirsch, Camilla Franklin, Lorenzo Rossi, Dylan Forbes, & Felix Peaslee. Last October, Shriekfest (The Los Angeles International Horror/SciFi Festival) named Molly and the Masked Storm the "Best Under-18 Film".

Two articles about the Westport Youth Film Festival used a still from Alone Together in their stories.

Westport News: "Lights, camera, action: Westport Youth Film Festival rolls Saturday"

"May 30, 2012: -- 'Alone Together,' a drama directed by Ben Kadie of Bellevue, Wash., is one of 75 films to be screened at the Westport Youth Film Festival. -- Young filmmakers from far and near will descend upon Bridgeport's Bijou Theatre on Saturday, June 2, as the Westport Arts Center conducts its ninth annual Westport Youth Film Festival. ..." More>

Stamfordplus: "Lights, Camera, WYFF!"

"May 16, 2012: -- Alone Together, a Drama Directed by Ben Kadie (Bellevue, Washington) -- As June 2 draws near, the Westport Youth Film Festival Youth Board of Directors are working at full force to transform downtown Bridgeport into a full-scale hub for the upcoming Festival. ..." More>

Alone Together @ Westport Youth Film Festival / June 2 / CT

The film is also part of the festival's trailer. Three years ago, Murder at the Pharaoh's Grave and A Friendly Game screened at the festival.

Alone Together @ Lighthouse International Film Festival / June 2 / Long Beach Island, NJ

Award: Best Student Film

Alone Together @ Short. Sweet. Film Festival / June 2 / Cleveland, OH

Award: Honorable Mention

Alone Together @ Rainier Independent Film Festival / June 9 / Ashford, WA

Last year the festival named Mack the "Best Student (High School or College) Film".

Alone Together @ San Antonio Film Festival / June 20 / TX

The Other Press: "These kids are all right"

(from the independent student newspaper of Douglas College in British Columbia)

By Sharon Miki, Assistant Editor

"...Kadie created an incredibly realistic, Titanic-esque shipwreck sequence. Paired with a script and directorial eye far more mature than one would expect from a high school [junior], Kadie’s film epitomized the experimentation and advancement of young filmmakers at the festival..." More

Alone Together wins Nashville Film Festival's Young Filmmaker's Competition

April 23, 2012: The Nashville Film Festival has given the Watkins Young Filmmaker Award to Alone Together. The award, announced at the film's American Première in Nashville on Friday, is the festival's top honor for 18-and-under filmmakers.

This marks 16-year-old Ben's second time in competition for the award and first win. Two years ago, his film
Sparks in the Night competed. This year
Alone Together was one of seven youth films in consideration.

Nashville Film Festival, founded in 1969, is one of the longest-running American festivals, and is one of the most acclaimed movie events in the South. This year the Academy Award qualifying festival received 2027 short films submissions (in all categories) and accepted 120.
Alone Together @ Riverside International Film Festival / April 22 1 PM/ CA / West Coast Premiere. The screening is the day after the American Premiere in Nashville which is the day after the World Premiere in Halifax, Canada.
Alone Together will screen in the Harley-Davidson Theatre on May 2. It is part of the Black Hills Film Festival in Hill City, SD.
"Director Ben Kadie (age 16) returns to [the Santa Cruz Film Festival] with this story of shipwrecks and love. After a terrible ocean storm, Brendan finds himself stranded on a Chilean island with Eloise, the girl of his secret dreams. Alone together for the first time, the two grow close, yet Brendan worries: if they leave the island will Eloise still need him? "

The Spirit Quest Film Fest awards Alone Together "Best Student Short"

March 30, 2012: This is the film's second pre-premiere award. The Spirit Quest Film Fest of Edinboro University, PA, focuses on the on the human experience, from day to day relationships to matters of life and death, war and peace, science and spirituality.

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Alone Together wins Scholastic National Silver Medal

March 15, 2012: The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers today awarded a National Scholastic Silver Medal to ALONE TOGETHER. This is 16-year-old Ben’s fifth film and fourth consecutive year to win national recognition. Two additional films have won regional recognition. Two years ago, Ben’s Gold Medal film Sparks in the Night toured the country as one of 100 pieces in the Alliance’s ART.WRITE.NOW museum exhibition.

The Silver Medal is the Alliance's second highest national award. The Alliance has given awards since 1923 to teens such as Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, and Robert Redford. This year, student artists submitted 200,000 works with 1600 earning national recognition. The NY Observer wrote "
Invasion of the Teenage Geniuses" about the 2010 national award ceremony in NYC.

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Alone Together World Premiere: Halifax, Canada in April

March 3, 2012: Alone Together will World Premiere at View Finders: International Film Festival for Youth/Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Canada. The festival screens on April 20.

Alone Together Washington Premiere: NFFTY in April

The Washington State Premiere of Alone Together was at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (details). The NFFTY Future of Film Expo also included a 15-minute demo by Ben breaking down of the Cinema 4D effects in Alone Together & Molly and the Masked Storm (Details). Here are family photos.

This was 16-year-old Ben's sixth year and seventh film in NFFTY. Two years ago Sparks in the Night was selected for the "Best of NFFTY" screening & DVD. In 2009, Murder at the Pharaoh's Grave, made when Ben was 12, won NFFTY's HBO-sponsored trip to Hollywood.

Alone Together in Student Block of Seattle True Independent Film Festival in May

March 3, 2012: Alone Together is honored to be showing the film in May in the Student Block of the Seattle True Independent Film Festival. Last year, Molly and the Masked Storm premièred at this festival.

25 Hour Day Blog: "Young Filmmaker's Talents Are Anything But Shipwrecked"

February 2012: "...Meet Ben Kadie, a 16-year-old award-winning director [...] Ben’s latest film, Alone Together, takes a somewhat different direction than his mysteries, abandoning the green screens of the past for real scenery and placing a deeper emphasis on the emotions and developments of the characters, Brendan and Eloise"... More "

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Alone Together Wins Its First Award

January 31, 2012: The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers today awarded a Regional Gold Key to ALONE TOGETHER. This marks Ben's fourth year (and sixth film) to receive the Alliance's highest regional honor. Two previous films went on to win National Silver Medals and two went on to win National Gold Medals.

The Alliance has given awards since 1923 to teens such as Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, and Robert Redford.

Congratulations also to Camilla Franklin,
boom operator on ALONE TOGETHER, who separately won two Silver Keys and two Gold Keys for her photography and digital art.

Bellevue Scene: "Local Filmmaker Continues His Coming of Age Story"7

October 2011: "Ben Kadie’s age shows on screen.[... The] 16-year-old junior at Interlake High School is growing up, and the evidence of that can be seen in his latest film. Kadie is in the midst of shooting his most mature, hard-hitting film yet, Alone Together." ... More"

October 2011: You can vote for the "Alone Together" trailer in the on-line International Movie Trailer Festival contest.

Thanks! "Alone Together" Fully Funded

Sept 20, 2011: 60 days of fund raising for "Alone Together" ended today with $1,670. This completely covers the $1,030 production cost and provides a budget for music licensing and festival fees. Thanks to all 31 donors. Your generosity is much appreciated. (The second to last donation came from Casey Margolis, who played Young Seth is "Superbad".)

Alone Together's IndieGoGo page includes Ben's pitch video and status reports.