Short Film Profile

The Sea Is All I Know

A family is coming to terms with their relationship to death. When estranged couple, Sara and Sonny, come to the aid of their dying daughter, the experience sends them spiraling into spiritual crisis and brutal heartbreak. In the end, an act of selfless love, renews their lives, transcends their loss of faith, even death itself.


Executive Producer
Production Designer
Sound Designer



Copyright © 2010 The Sea Is All I Know Llc

Awards and nominations

Best Actress (Melissa Leo)
29 Sep – 2 Oct | United States
Best Actress (Melissa Leo)
10 Feb – 16 Feb | United States

Previous screenings

Cannes Film Festival
11 May – 22 May | Cannes, France
21 Jun – 27 Jun | Palm Springs, United States
9 Aug – 14 Aug | Providence, United States
22 Sep – 26 Sep | Woodstock, United States
29 Sep – 2 Oct | Dixville Notch, United States
Best Actress (Melissa Leo)
6 Oct – 13 Oct | Tacoma, United States
12 Oct – 17 Oct | East Hampton, United States
3rd Carmel Art and Film Festival | 2011
12 Oct – 16 Oct | Carmel, United States
15 Jan | Los Angeles, United States
10 Feb – 16 Feb | Moraga, United States
Best Actress (Melissa Leo)
18 Feb – 26 Feb | Sedona, United States
25 Feb | Seattle, United States
7 Mar – 11 Mar | San Luis Obispo, United States
10 Apr – 16 Apr | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Latest press reviews/articles

“... Melissa Leo describes her [Bayne] as 'One of the finest directors I have ever worked with' ... Jordan Bayne is one of the most promising up-and-coming directors working today. ...”
19 Jan 2012 | Just Celebrity
“... [Melissa] Leo raises her game...Filled with great performances, and featuring an emotional punch that cannot be ignored, The Sea is All I Know is a short film that leaves a lasting impression. ...”
10 Jan 2012 | CS | Big Thoughts from a Small Mind
Jordan Bayne – For Your Consideration
5 Jan 2012 | Ishira Kumar | The Rising Hollywood
“... Probably the most important thing about filmmaking, that you really know what your story is, and you restrict it to only the things that are necessary to tell that story. The Sea Is All I Know is a complete, short story about loss ...”
15 Dec 2011 | Nicole Potter | Films In Review
“... It captures your attention from the start, hardly allows you to breathe along the way, and leaves you feeling as though your heart has been ripped from your chest ...”
Rating: 9/10 Phenomenal
13 Dec 2011 | Caitlin Colford | Paste Magazine
“... The Sea Is All I Know is intimate, gripping and heart-wrenching, with raw and powerful performances from Leo, Gerety and Hutchinson. This was an beautiful film, which I recommend you see if you have the opportunity ...”
12 Dec 2011 | Olisa | Hey Do You
“... The film is an incredibly moving and immersive experience; filled with meaning and worthy of the highest praise. I expect we’ll see much more from this bright young director in the future ...”
Rating: 4/5 stars
30 Nov 2011 | Richard Lennox | Filmoria
“... Bayne delivered a film that is full of quiet dignity...Rarely does so much emotions get packed into a short film, but Jordan Bayne showed her experience in crafting one that is as layered as it can get ...”
28 Nov 2011 | Stefan S | A Nutshell Review
“... Bayne brilliantly juxtapositions the actors dialogue with symbolism. This short movie superbly tackles contentious moral issues with skillful acting and direction. Thoroughly recommended and thought provoking ...”
15 Nov 2011 | Darren Cheers | Huffington Post
“... It is a little gem of a movie that really does show off Jordan Bayne as a great script writer but also a fine craftswoman when it comes to weaving together storylines and character layers...Bayne has delivered it in such a beautiful and tender way. ...”
Rating: 5/5 stars
26 Oct 2011 | Helen Earnshaw | Female First
“... This film is wound so tight and so powerful that the you find that you were holding your breath throughout. The short is very smartly and sharply directed by Jordan Bayne. ...”
19 Oct 2011 | Mike Gencarelli | Media Mikes
“... The Sea Is All I Know starring Melissa Leo and Peter Gerety is powerful, haunting, and memorable. It is beautifully human, and a rare gem because of it, and it will stay with you long after the film ends ...”
18 Oct 2011 | Henry K | Brave New Hollywood
“... Jordan Bayne’s latest short The Sea Is All I Know is already surrounded in Oscar whispers as the project sees her team up with Melissa Leo ...”
11 Oct 2011 | Helen Earnshaw | Female First
“... Bayne’s subtle, assured direction and powerful performances from Leo and Gerety ...”
5 Oct 2011 | Christopher Wood | The Weekly Volcano
“... 'It’s beautifully written, filmed and produced about a very difficult subject,' [Melissa] Leo said in a phone interview this week. ...”
23 Sep 2011 | Ann Gibbons | Daily Freeman
“... Emotional, haunting, and honest. Writer/Director Jordan Bayne allows the viewer to get pulled into the characters’ inner conflict. Leo’s raw, jaw-dropping performance can take an audience’s breath away...The film packs an emotional punch ...”
15 Sep 2011 | Jessica Gardner | BackStage Magazine
“... A Tour de Force ...”
25 Jul 2011 | Jett Loe | The Film Talk
“... Oscar best bets.... Melissa Leo gives a heart-wrenching, typically brilliant performance. ...”
16 Jun 2011 | Bruce Fessier | The Desert Sun
Palm Springs ShortFest to Feature Hollywood Insiders Playing Themselves
8 Jun 2011 | Gregg Kilday | The Hollywood Reporter
“... Among the contenders this year is The Sea is All I Know, directed by Jordan Bayne. It boasts perhaps the biggest star of any Cannes short: Academy Award winner Melissa Leo ...”
20 May 2011 | Martin Chilton and Florence Waters | The Telegraph
“... so beautiful it could be set anywhere ...”
20 Apr 2011 | Jennifer Landes | East Hampton Star
'The Sea is All I Know': Film Starring Melissa Leo an Emotional, Complex Look at Mortality
23 Feb 2011 | C. J. Perry | FilmSlate Magazine
“... The Sea Is All I Know is beset by surprising moments of grace and human kindness." Melissa Leo "is something of a revelation here ...”
1 Feb 2011 | Timothy E. Raw | CineOutsider
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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 20 Mar 2012