In the Spring of 2020 I wrote “Say Hey” as a way of exploring the anxiety and isolation I was feeling, and I suspected others were feeling, at the time. I didn't know if it would be possible to shoot it given the state of the world, but luckily I called the hilarious and talented Drew Lewis who agreed to star in it and DP Greg Harriott who shot it, lit it, and recorded audio all by himself. I worked with an amazing team in post (Zak Engel, Kieran Kaye, Tam Le, Daniel Jaffe, Ed Mundy) and received constant support and guidance from my producers and frequent collaborators, Josh Chertoff and Matt Kazman. I'm so thankful for the effort of everyone involved and very excited to have the short out in the world.
Ben Altarescu is a NY based writer/director/producer and the co-founder of Bows & Arrows. He has directed commercial and branded content for Armani, The New York Times, Spotify, Reebok, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, Wired and Bon Appétit. His producing credits include shorts (El Porvenir, Killer, Mutt, Damage, Nighty Night) and features (Sequoia, Hits, The Outside Story) that have played at Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca, among other festivals around the country. His latest short, Say Hey – which he wrote and directed – received a Vimeo Staff Pick and premiered at the 2021 Lower East Side Film Festival.