When a young man is confronted with his mortality, he takes a cross-country road trip on a vintage motorcycle. One Week tells the story of Ben Tyler, mid-twenties, who flees from the confines of his life—an impending marriage, a job he’s not entirely happy with, a house purchase and a recent diagnosis—in order to attempt to live more fully.
What starts off as an ill-defined venture, soon morphs into a quest for the West Coast. One Week asks the question, “What would you do if you had one week to live?” and answers it through our hero’s journey. It’s by examining the particular that larger truths about the universal emerge. This is a minimalist score using a small unusual ensemble of instruments.
The music seems to preserve all the little human elements of the musicians, including the breaths, the finger noises etc. The result is a score that has a very strong soulful element, almost feeling the presence of the musicians who performed it. Written for piano, backwards piano, acoustic guitar, female voice, Uilliann pipes and a complex bed of manipulated acoustic instruments.
Produced by: Mulmur Feed Productions
Directed by: Michael McGowan
Starring: Joshua Jackson and Liane Balaban