A Phone Call From My Best Friend


Two white friends try to talk about race.

“A Phone Call From My Best Friend” feels unusually prescient and urgent, especially during this current political moment of reckoning in America, when people are scrutinizing ideas about silence, politeness, “color-blindness” and neutrality and how they fit into the perpetuation of racism.

As a result, the film is a true conversation piece — a meta-conversation if you will — and is provocative not in the sense of formenting extreme emotion, but offering a jumping-off point of self-reflection and thought. “A Phone Call From My Best Friend” is in many ways a quieter than expected film — disciplined, naturalistic, almost like an episode of whatever the HBO young urbanite show of the year is — but its impact is much bigger than initial appearances. It leaves its final questions in the hands of the audience to answer, as well as an uneasiness that’s up to us to reconcile and reckon with.

– Kat Ascharya


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Official Premiere:
Special Preview: Filmmaker Magazine’s Rathaus Escapes
Official Selection: 2020 Maryland Film Festival
Official Selection: 2020 Sun Valley Film Festival


Director, Writer, Editor: Alexander Christenson
Producer: Jeff Spivack

Madison: Celeste Arias
Chrissy: Auden Thornton
Rebecca: Emily Van Raay

Cinematographer: Michael Belcher
Casting Director: Dayna Katz
Co-Producer: Miriam Naggar
Co-Producer: Christopher Hawthorne
Production Manager: Will Dennis

Gaffer: Emma Penrose
Steadicam Operator: Lisa Sene
First Assistant Camera: Jeffrey David Schultz
First Assistant Camera: Steven Tong
Second Assistant Camera: Noah Broch
Key Grip: Jay Warrior

Production Sound Mixer: Lily Bernstein
Script Supervisor: Alan Klassen
Costume Designer: Rachel Dainer-Best
Makeup Artist: Mary Chipman
Art Department Assistant: Persia Beheshti
Production Assistant: David Perez

Sound Mixer: Calvin Pia
Additional Compositing: Herculano Fernandes
Color Services Provided by: Nice Shoes
Colorist: Sal Malfitano
Color Producer: Andrew Pandolfino
Color Producer: Elizabeth Mitchell