Fill Your Heart with French Fries
Follow the five steps below to get the most out of your UnLonely Film Festival experience!
Step 1: Watch the film.
Inspired by the news of a woman in China who spent a week in a fast food joint after her boyfriend broke up with her, Fill Your Heart With French Fries, tells the story of a young American woman who, after her fast-food break-up, finds her grief and loneliness hijacked by social media… and a young boy.
About the FIlmmaker
Tamar Glezerman, an award-winning filmmaker, and editor is from Tel-Aviv but now living and working in Brooklyn. Interested in “comedy, tragedy, animals & politics”, she writes and directs narrative, shorts, and music videos that have been featured on NPR, The New-York Times, MSNBC, Nowness, Refinery29, and NBC.com and her clients have included both Bob Dylan and Disney.
Did you set out to explore loneliness in your film and if so, what prompted this focus?
I set out to explore heartache; loneliness is a component of that.
Did any of your viewers give you feedback that reflected this aspect of your film?
The film has amassed thousands of Youtube comments, some of which express a feeling of being understood by the film.
What do you hope UnLonely Film Festival audiences, trying to make sense of loneliness and isolation and navigate a path forward, take from your film?
I always hope people feel seen, represented and entertained.
Step 2: Explore these things after watching the film.
- Unable to move on from her break up, the protagonist is healed by acts of kindness and human interactions. Who was kind to her and how were they able to relate to her? When you have been down have you ever been helped by strangers, or have you helped a stranger who was visibly sad or upset?
- Who objectified the protagonist and dubbed her #dumpedgirl? Was there something positive to this IRL and social media interaction as well or not?
- The protagonist spends a lot of time sitting in silence. When you’ve had a bad break-up or another moment where the rug has been pulled out from under you, have you given yourself the quiet and the time to heal? Or has life been too chaotic to afford you that opportunity?
- What is your personal comfort food? Make a drawing of your favorite comfort food. What colors will you use, how can you describe the textures, the warmth or coolness of this food? You could choose to use the actual food as a still-life, either at home or at a restaurant of your choice, draw from a photograph or look at pictures online. You may look at Pop Artists such as Andy Warhol, Wayne Thiebaud or Claes Oldenburg for inspiration.
- Think of music about love. Search for songs in your music library or online that match how you feel about love right now, and that resonates with you. If you remember a time where you felt differently about love, find songs that reflect those feelings as well.
- Bringing paper (a small pad of sticky notes could work nicely) and pen along with you, visit different indoor and outdoor public spaces in your neighborhood and place uplifting notes in public spaces where people are likely to discover them, such as on park benches, in library books or on restroom mirrors.
Our Try This page has even more creative expression inspiration!
Step 3: Join in the conversation about the film.
Your Support Helps!
We’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.