Now online – The Air I Breathe, featuring an all-star cast with Kevin Bacon, Forest Whitaker, Brendan Fraser, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Andy Garcia and Julie Delpy.
Written by Bob DeRosa and Jieho Lee, and directed by Jieho, The Air I Breathe made its premiere last night in LA and will be released in selected theaters January 25th in both LA and New York City and nationally on February 8th.
Forever linked together by ruthless crime boss Fingers (Andy Garcia) and a series of unpredictable twists of fate, the characters weave together in an existential study in luck, both good and bad. This vast tale divides into four distinct threads: a timid businessman (Forest Whitaker) bets his life on a horse race after he discovers the fix is in; a fragile pop star (Sarah Michelle Gellar) finds her management contract unexpectedly in jeopardy; a gangster (Brendan Fraser) who sees the future must decide whether to follow his visions; and a doctor (Kevin Bacon) tries to save the love of his life (Julie Delpy) from a deadly injury.
As the world keeps spinning and these individual tales give way to hidden connections and underlying similarities, The Air I Breathe uses this unlikely mix of drama and characters to dramatize an ancient Chinese proverb that evokes life’s four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love.
It’s when these four overlapping stories come to a head, however, and these emotions unexpectedly surface, collide and explode, that the movie suggests our destiny—whether it is steeped in sweet sorrow or tragic happiness—may ultimately be something we bring on ourselves.
I first met writer Bob DeRosa when working The Strand with Dan Myrick (there’s an interesting story attached to that which I’ve shared on the filmsite’s blog). That was in 2004, Bob had already written The Air I Breathe by then and was ready to tackle it head on. This no doubt Bob did successfully when he and Jieho teamed up to make this extraordinary picture. It was only a matter of time before the filmsite would take life in the wake of the production.
And now, with the LA premiere, television spots and more, the site’s now online.