Surreal Drama Traverses Insecurities Within Relationships
A couple sits down for their final round of fun.
From Amir Royale
I made ‘PLEASE STOP CALLING ME’ originally with the intention of creating the story of a break-up. But, somehow, I quite miraculously came across a story that seemed to cause a deeper wound for me. I am not queer nor bisexual—and in this creation I’m in no way trying to speak for or against that crowd. Truthfully, I know many artisans, creators and beautiful beings my age (and older) that happen to be LGBTQ and I respect and love them with all my heart. Yet, in a weird way, this story came to me by accident through a simple question: “How wrong is cheating in the midst of insecurities?” I have my own personal stance on the answer, one I don’t really want to state, but I more so wanted this film to hear an audience’s answer as well.
a film by: Amir Royale
starring: Kalonjee Gallimore, Triana Marie & Josh Holmes
crew: Ava Eichel, Elan Pelégri & Tiffany Chang
filmed in: New York, NY
edited at: ↓
• New York University – Tisch School of the Arts, NYC
• Splendor Palaces Screen & Soundworks – Saint Albans, NY
NEW YORK — Friday, April 3, 2020 — Rising actor, recording artist, entrepreneur and filmmaker Amir Royale today released PLEASE STOP CALLING ME, a compelling short film about the struggles of insecurity in relationships.
The Queens, New York City-native Royale directed, filmed and edited the short, cast the talent, and wrote the script. PLEASE STOP CALLING ME stars Kalonjee Gallimore (NYU Tisch Class of 2022) as “Him,” Triana Marie (NYU Tisch Class of 2019) as “Her,” and Josh Holmes (NYU Tisch Class of 2022) as “IG Guy.”
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Set in Midtown, Manhattan, the plot features surreal events that cause drama between a couple. The story was crafted in such a way that viewers will explore what the man and woman feel as the story unfolds. It all ends with a twist that will leave most watchers with their jaws on the floor.
“There are a lot of relationships that exist today where honesty is not present in the relationship,” Royale said. “Someone may have thoughts on something but they don’t know how to express it out loud.”
He added, “I wanted this to be a slice of life—because this story in a weird way is something that everyone has experienced personally or have experienced through another person.”
Film crew members included Ava Eichel, Elan Pelegri, and Tiffany Chang—all students of New York University as well.
Promotional Images for Please Stop Calling Me
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is a multi-talented actor, recording artist, filmmaker, and entertainment entrepreneur with M. StageScene Communications, Corp. Royale is a graduate and adjunct professor of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music (where he also earned a minor in Cinema Studies). Royale also is a graduate of the acclaimed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where he studied Drama. Royale hails from St. Albans, Queens — a neighborhood that was once home to many legendary musicians, such as James Brown, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, A Tribe Called Quest, and Count Basie.