Back in November of last year, Indiewire posted a film profile by director Russell Sharman on "Small of Her Back" in a portion of THIS article. Sharman gave some insight into the film's story, its main characters and Nicole's performance.
According to Sharman, "Nicole Beharie, the female lead, brought an incredible energy to the character of Piper, a very challenging role. She’s both off-balance and completely in control, and Nicole never allowed the character to slip into a cliche of mental illness."
As reported in THIS previous post, the director hopes to premiere the small budget indie flick at the Sundance Film Festival next year.
Here's the complete part of that article regarding the film:
Logline: A suicidal shut-in. A man at her door. And neither are who they seem.
Production team: Writer/Director: Russell Leigh Sharman; Producer: Cheryl Harris Sharman; Director of Photography: Noah Yuan-Vogel; Editor: Eric Balgley; Production Designer: Brandon Giles
About the film: “‘Small of Her Back’ is based on a play, produced in New York in 2008. As a screenwriter working in the Hollywood studio system, I was constantly frustrated by the glacier pace of development. This project was born, in part, out of that frustration, and really began as a very small scale, experimental production of a piece that had proven itself on the stage. But enough talented people were inspired by the script to make it a much more involved, and ultimately more satisfying, project. Nicole Beharie, the female lead, brought an incredible energy to the character of Piper, a very challenging role. She’s both off-balance and completely in control, and Nicole never allowed the character to slip into a cliche of mental illness. And Chris Domig brought such a grounded, compassionate performance to a character that, in the end, is, well, less than sympathetic. Of course, they were supported by a talented, if tiny, crew crammed into a one-bedroom apartment for 10 days. Add 4 days of exteriors, and it was a whirlwind shooting schedule on shoestring budget. So far, the results are stunning. The film is coming together as a compelling, contained thriller - a kind of dark romance - that will keep folks on the edge of their seats despite being crammed in that little apartment all night with our two main characters.”—Russell Leigh Sharman