Keep The Music Going

Keep the Music Going - Poster with Laurels

SYNOPSIS

Written for and recorded entirely on Zoom, Keep the Music Going is a story about the last two humans and their friendship, thousands of miles apart.

It’s been 734 days since the world ended and Commander Jessica Caldwell is alone on the International Space Station, playing music over the radio frequency for anyone on Earth who may have survived.

For the past 734 days, Jessica hasn’t received a response, but today, another woman is able to radio her back.

HONORS & SELECTIONS

​​Official Festival Selections:

  • Lighthouse International Film Festival - Long Beach Island, NJ

  • Adirondack Film Festival - Glens Falls, NY

  • Life, the Universe, & Everything Symposium on Science Fiction & Fantasy - Provo, UT

  • Indigo Moon Film Festival - Fayetteville, NC

  • Astoria Film Festival - New York, NY

  • Kurdistan International Independent Film Festival - Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

  • Cosmic Film Festival - Orlando, FL

Awards/Nominations:

  • Winner - The Hope Award - LTUE Film Festival (2022)

  • Winner - Best International Short Film - Rameshwaram International Film Festival (2021)

  • Winner - Best Writing (Steven Hayet) - Top Indie Film Awards (2021)

  • Winner - Best Actress (Holly Curran) - Top Indie Film Awards (2021)

  • Nomination - Best Quarantine Short - Astoria Film Festival (2021)

  • Nomination - Best Performance (Holly Curran) - Astoria Film Festival (2021)

  • Nomination - Best Sci-Fi Short - Top Indie Film Awards (2021)

  • Nomination - Best Director (Luci Samp) - Top Indie Film Awards (2021)

  • Nomination - Best Editing (Michelle Elise Harding) - Top Indie Film Awards (2021)

  • Nomination - Best Original Idea - Top Indie Film Awards (2021)

  • Nomination - Special Jury Award - Korea International Short Film Festival (2022)

  • Nomination - Best Screenplay - Busan New Wave Short Film Festival (2022)

WHAT OTHERS SAY

"Perfectly written for the Zoom medium, and realizing all of Zoom's dramatic potential, Steven Hayet creates a beautiful work about the nature of isolation and keeping hope alive in dire circumstances. You are quickly invested into Jessica's story and feel that ache of empathy so many of us must have, and may still feel in the midst of the global pandemic. And yet, despite a situation that could easily give way to gloom, Hayet is able to infuse joy and comedy into the long-distant friendship formed between Jessica and Lory. Keep the Music Going is a beautiful play brimming with optimism despite such bleak times.”

- Franky Gonzalez, Playwright​ & TV Writer

"Universally resonant and a product of its time, Hayet’s lovely Zoom play provides hope in an era of isolation. Stranded on the ISS, two years after she even heard a human voice, protagonist Jessica uses music as a mental/emotional salve and a call to others. It works! Keeping his characters an atmosphere apart, Hayet skillfully builds a love story, platonic and/or romantic, by keeping their conversation upbeat as they overcome the distance. It’s a gentle tale in the starkest of environments with terrific roles for female actors and tremendous staging potential online or onstage!"

- Scott Sickles, Playwright & Emmy Nominated TV Writer

"I dare you to read Keep the Music Going without tearing up. Isolation and friendship are something we have now all experienced. But Hayet has upped the ante to a new level and he leaves you thinking about the human bond. And our need to connect. It’s a strong need. " 

- Claudia Haas, Playwright​

"This gorgeous piece of writing does a great job of exploring the isolation and yearning of the time we're living in without being *about* the time we're living in. Alone on the International Space Station after an unknown catastrophe has wiped out life on Earth, Commander Jessica hears another human's voice for the first time in years. What ensues is relatable, witty, smart, and incredibly moving, without ever descending into maudlin sentimentality. These characters are vivid, rich, and real, and their difficult choices make for great drama and well-earned emotional impact. Deeply satisfying, start to finish."

- Vince Gatton, Playwright & Actor