Take Five: Filmmaker Andrew Silver, director of "Radio Cape Cod"

Relaxing and refreshing as a day on the beach

February 10, 2009

Posted 5:04 p.m. Tues. Feb. 10 - KETC (Channel 9) is broadcasting a very special Valentine at 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 14. An award-winning independent film, "Radio  Cape Cod" is a triple love story set on the beaches of Cape Cod, Mass. With gorgeous scenery and beautiful people, it's as relaxing and refreshing as a day on the beach -- and uplifting to boot. The story is set among a team of oceanographers, notably Sunday (O.T. Fagbenle), who is visiting Woods Hole from MIT (Massachusetts Institute for Technology) for a few days, and his friend, who is going to be married on Saturday. The five-day action opens on a summer Monday with a lively exchange, which includes banter about the upcoming wedding.

Little does Sunday know that he is about to fall in love himself. Sunday is called to do a radio interview about their marine biology work at a local NPR station. In a delightful "love at first sight" film scene, he and older woman Jill (Tamzin Outhwaite) gaze into each other's eyes as they discuss their common passion for our planet and sparks fly!

The third pair are teenagers falling in love for the first time, Jill's daughter, Anna (Tamzin Merchant), and a young man named Virgil, who is played by the director's son, the 17-year-old Julian Silver. The three romances play a sweet and meaningful counterpoint on love: the two about-to-be-married, the two falling into some version of mature love and the two teenagers, who philosophize more about love than the others combined.
The multi-talented director/producer, Andrew Silver, of Boston got the initial idea for the film from the book "Black Apollo of Science" by Kenneth Manning, a professor of history of science at MIT. Silver collaborated with Marta Rainer and together they wrote the screenplay.

Among the film's many charms is its music. Rather than a single score tied to each frame, there are multiple compositions by musicians from all over the world who happened to be at Boston-area music schools. Everything from samba to harp music manages to work together unobtrusively -- as Silver said, "very soulful."
Another is the film's being shot only in natural light. The sun-washed beauty of the scenes, inside and out, is breath-taking. As Silver said, "It's a kind of 'love the planet' rather than fear what will become of it."

by Susan Waugh, St. Louis Beacon