One Bedroom


Breaking up is easy. Moving out is hard. After five years of ups and downs, an African American 30-something couple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood spends their final afternoon together arguing and remember better days, as one of them moves out and hopefully on with her life.
Darien Sills-Evans

Director Biography – Darien Sills-Evans

DARIEN SILLS-EVANS is known mostly for his television and commercial appearances, but he has also been a directing professionally since he was 19-years-old. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Sills-Evans started his film career writing, producing and directing dozens of PSAs and award-winning educational industrials. He wrote, produced, and directed his first feature in 2001, X-Patriots. In its film festival run, the film would win Audience Award: 24HourFilmFestival (2006), LA Weekly Award Best Screenplay 2002, CCI Digital Award for Best Ensemble Cast 2002, Film Finders Maverick Award for Quality Low-Budget Film 2002 (Method Fest), Critic’s Choice: Chicago Reader 2001, Best Feature AngelCiti Chicago 2001, and be nominated for the Gordon Parks Award at IFP 2001.
In 2008, Sills-Evans collaborated with director John G. Young to co-write and produce the film, Rivers Wash Over Me. During its film festival run, it would win Best Actor OutFest 2009, Rivers Wash Over Me: #3 Best Film of The Year (Bay Area Reporter); 5th Best Undistributed Film of The Year (Amy Taubin, Indiewire); Best Narrative Feature (The Chicago LGBT Film Festival); and Top 10 Undistributed Films of 2009 (Film Society of Lincoln Center), before finally being released by Strand in 2010. It also had the honor of being the Opening Night Film of Newfest 2009.
In 2012, Sills-Evans directed MC Extra Cheese: The 40-Year-Old Rapper, a comedy web series. The pilot was nominated Best Pilot at Banff World Media Festival 2012.
As he wrote “One Bedroom”, Sills-Evans hoped to make a film in which the audience would recognize themselves or someone they knew in the characters, “The film is very Black, but it’s also very universal. These characters could be anyone and in the context of the story, they never actually talk about race. Unfortunately or not, misery in a relationship is something we’ve all seen or experienced. At the very least, I hope that our film can find some laughs and a different point of view to ending romance.”