The Romance of Loneliness

Feature Film by Sarah Ledbetter and Matteo Servente

In partnership with
The Romance of Loneliness is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of The Romance of Loneliness must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


THE ROMANCE OF LONELINESS is preparing for production after two years of fundraising events, casting, scouting, and script development. However, we are still short on the funds necessary to make our film.

We are offering sponsorships of the unique characters in our film. This is a great way to connect with our story and to show your support for independent filmmaking with your name in the film credits. Your sponsorship will help cover a portion of the expenses necessary to bring our story to life.

Every donation and sponsorship online is automatically TAX DEDUCTIBLE via our non-profit fiscal sponsor ‘Fractured Atlas’.


Amanda, a young woman from a traditional Southern family, has no idea what to make of her life and is determined to avoid finding out. At her cousin’s Cristina’s renegade wedding to her longtime girlfriend at a Mississippi hill country farmhouse, she finds out she has nowhere left to hide.

An edgy jugband from up the road, an existentialist half-sister (Margot), a larger-than-life grandmother (Mina), a jump-roping photographer, and a farmer with a mysterious past as a musical anti- legend in Memphis, Tennessee are part of what makes THE ROMANCE an unusually vivid and candid approach to the story of one young woman’s refusal to go with the flow in today’s mid-south.


Amy LaVere as Amanda

Caroline White as Julia

Bart Shannon as Father Ron

Kentucker Audley as Richard

David Prete as Olivier

Cookie Ewing as Madge

Luke White as Dug

Valerie June as Reggie

Deborah Frazier as Jane Gregory

Tommy Kha as Tommy Kha

Additional roles will be cast in the following months including Mina, Margot, Consuelo, and Cristina


Sarah Ledbetter

Born in Memphis, she graduated from Northwestern University in Performance Studies, then went on to study filmmaking in Paris at the New York Film Academy and in Sydney at the APA International Film School. She is a yoga instructor, choreographer, and videographer for the modern dance collective Project: Motion.

She wrote and directed numerous shorts and a featurette, and was the screenwriter for the short film DAMMI IL LA.

Matteo Servente

Born in Torino, Italy, he graduated from Torino University in Cinema studies and studied filmmaking in Paris at the New York Film Academy and in Sydney at the APA International Film School. He worked on several productions as writer, producer and 1st AD.

His first short film as a director, DAMMI IL LA, won awards at several international festivals. He’s now a proud Memphis resident.


Paper Moon Films LLC was formed in 2009 by Nick Case and Ryan Watt to develop films in the southern region and guide them through all stages of production and distribution. The inaugural Paper Moon film OPEN FIVE by Kentucker Audley will screen in Memphis this fall following the premiere at the Atlanta Film Festival. Nick and Ryan are executive producers of Audley’s film HOLY LAND and are developing additional projects.

Nick Case

Nick produced Cam Archer’s WILD TIGERS I HAVE KNOWN, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Gus Van Sant was the executive producer and the film was distributed through IFC Films. Nick also produced Archer’s second feature SHIT YEAR starring Ellen Barkin, which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. His other previous work includes Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental documentary 11TH HOUR, which also premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Case began his career as a production assistant on the Oscar-nominated 21 GRAMS. He graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in Marketing.

Ryan Watt

Ryan is the executive producer of DAYLIGHT FADES, the latest feature film by Old School Pictures. He also serves as the Director of Marketing at New School Media Group, specializing in marketing solutions that utilize video and audio production. Securas Consulting Group acquired his technology firm Metro Backup in 2006, where he served as Director of Marketing until late 2008. Ryan graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a degree in Marketing.

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