Adapted from a stage play, SO CLOSE mixes theatrical, documentary and narrative film techniques to create a unique, stream-of-consciousness storytelling style. This hybrid form was born out of the flexibility of digital film technology, the limitations of independently financed low-budget film, but mostly, the desire to find a new way to tell a complex story that is usually reduced to simplistic, black-and-white narrative structures (woman as innocent victim, man as unforgivable criminal). By purposely avoiding standard re-enactments of violent scenes from a marriage, and instead using sound and visual references to evoke time, place, mood and memory, the audience is drawn into the emotional realities of such relationships. Traditionally "told" stories are perceived to be less engaging, But SO CLOSE turns this assumption on its head. Using a rule-breaking mixture of styles, the film engages viewers on a deeper level because it allows them to make their own associations with Claire and Joey's story. By creating this more interactive involvement, the viewer "hears" the story on a deeper level, connecting it to his or her own feelings and experiences about turbulent relationships.

SO CLOSE is a tale with a provocative ending—one of salvation. The unorthodox ending and the multiple viewpoints provokes the audience to engage with the story in a unique way. Rather than being fed a message, the viewer is left to form his or her own opinion of violent relationships—and happy endings.

Synopsis "When was the first time?" A simple question on a bureaucratic form in a nondescript waiting room jolts Claire — and five strangers sitting nearby become the characters in her recollection of her turbulent marriage. Adapted from a stage play, SO CLOSE mixes theatrical, documentary and narrative film techniques to create a unique stream-of consciousness storytelling style.

Claire's story is a common one: raised in a strict home, meeting 16-year-old Joey when she is 14, falling in love. But their dream romance quickly turns into a nightmare when she gets pregnant and is kicked out of her house; they spiral into years of physical abuse, alcoholism and despair. And yet, Claire keeps going back. Because for her, there is no greater passion. The unorthodox ending of salvation and the multiple viewpoints provoke a unique audience engagement with an all-too-common story. SO CLOSE was inspired by interviews with domestic violence victims, batterers, social workers, court personnel and others. The play had a successful off-off Broadway run in May of 2004 and was named a 'Don't Miss' pick by David Cote of Time Out NY who wrote: 'Gazzaniga's deft dissection of domestic abuse transforms the way you view 'issue drama'...her unfussy writing has a journalistic exactness. OffOffOnline called her a 'gifted new playwright....[she] presents SO CLOSE as a love story, however dysfunctional and twisted. It's a bold and unsettling perspective to take, but she pulls it off by insisting on the complexity.'