A Competitive Partnership

After attending USC together, James Morosini and Sam Sonenshine didn’t like each other very much. James thought Sam was a judgmental jerk, Sam thought James was full of himself and a little nuts.  After they took each other up on a half-hearted, “Let’s grab coffee sometime” offer, and small talk turned into uncomfortable silence, one of them admitted hurt feelings. That coffee turned into a multiple hour conversation, spent unpacking many many weird encounters, with both admitting to feelings of competitiveness and insecurity. They realized that a lot of the stuff they had never discussed was mutually felt. This was the beginning of a friendship.

The two have since collaborated consistently, working on short films, sketches, and other projects. After building a strong foundation of short-form content, they wanted to tell a bigger story, and they decided to tackle the weirdness of intimacy within male friendships.

Many late night conversations and days spent working in each others’ small apartments led to ten days of shooting over Christmas break 2016. Inspired by the works of Joe Swanberg, Lynn Shelton, and the Duplass Brothers, James and Sam wanted to tell a story that felt relevant to their friendship while also bending the rules of genre. At certain points Threesomething feels like a buddy comedy, at other points it feels extremely earnest and close to the bone.  It’s both a bromance and a romance.  A (b)romance.