Two lost souls meet one cold night in Post-war Manhattan. Before dawn deep rooted secrets will be revealed. And this man and woman, will believe in life, love, and most importantly miracles again. The human spirit can survive anything.

A note from the director, Jennifer Gelfer.

My film The Second Sun is an adaptation of a play by James Patrick Nelson that I began working on as a director/dramaturge over four years ago. What originated as a staged reading to an SRO crowd on a cold snowy night in December 2013 has now been turned into a full length feature film which I am extremely proud of.

Upon my first reading of James play I was most interested in the connection between Mothers and their Sons, and that is the road I encouraged him to go down, but as we explored this concept we also discovered this beautiful love story between our two characters Max and Joy. Two lost souls who meet on a stormy night in an out of the way bar in Post World War 2 Manhattan with deep rooted secrets. What happens to these two, will change their lives dramatically. One chance meeting will bring them hope, love, and most importantly the belief that miracles can and still do exist.

Beshert: Meant to be, destiny, soulmate

I made this film because my life has been one circuitous route of Beshert. No matter what, I believe in miracles. I have been an artist my whole life and at long last I have made my first feature film. If that’s not Beshert, what is?


A note from the writer, James Patrick Nelson

The Second Sun is about hope in a time of struggle. When I was very young, the man who inspired the character Max taught me so much about human potential, and our capacity for love and endurance. He had survived the worst possible circumstance I could ever imagine, and it left him feeling joyful, light-hearted, and full of gratitude for being alive. I held onto this character for many years, and strived to live by his example. But the conflict at the heart of the film emerged for me when I realized we all have a different history, different traumas, and different dreams—one person’s miracle is another person’s burden—what seems inevitable to one person may be almost impossible for another—and what makes us different from one another can trigger passion, shame, and suspicion all at once. And yet, the one thing we have in common is a yearning for a beautiful life. No matter how many miles we’ve walked in the dark, there is always a light up ahead. In the course of one night, Max and Joy inspire each other, enrage one another, and finally help each other heal. They are the light at the end of each other’s dark road. And I hope their story inspires audiences to persist through these difficult times, with an abiding faith that love is worth surviving for.