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Fighting with your Spouse? Start a Band!

Fighting with your spouse? Screw therapy, start a band!

That's the premise behind the film "Band Aid", which recently played at SIFF.

It's a movie that will make you laugh and cry - sometimes at the same time. It's the baby of Zoe Lister-Jones, a quadruple threat: she wrote the movie, produced it, starred in it and directed it.

"I had an amazing producer named Natalia Anderson who was on the monitors for me," said Lister-Jones. "Because when you are in front of the camera you really need a set of eyes you can trust who's behind it."

As we mentioned, "Band Aid" is about a couple who can't stop fighting. In an effort to save their marriage, they turn their battles into songs and start a band called 'The Dirty Dishes'. If you've been in a relationship, you can relate.

"I think that navigating relationships in general is something that everyone can relate to," she said. "I think every couple fights, whether they like to admit it to their friends. There's a lot of shame around it. People are afraid of being judged - so people don't really talk about their fights, but the more I started talking about fights in my own relationship and relationships in the past I realized that actually all my friends were having the exact same fights, and that there's a lot of commonality in the fights that we have in our relationships."

Band Aid may have heavy fight scenes, but when it comes to comedy you'll crack up. Especially with former SNL funnyman Fred Armisen, who plays a sex addict neighbor.

"Fred Armisen is such a comedy icon and I've been such a fan of his for so long," said Lister-Jones. "I actually didn't know him when I asked him to be a part of the film, and luckily he said yes. I generally - I've worked with a lot of funny people. I have a pretty easy time not breaking character but with Fred I broke character all the time. I couldn't stop laughing around him."

The actress said her favorite comedies are the ones that can navigate both drama and comedy.

"[They] don't have to fit into one specific box," said she said, "And I was lucky enough to work with actors who could access a lot of different things both being incredibly funny and also digging a little deeper."

Lister-Jones says she actually learned how to play the bass for the movie (add that to her quadruple threat resume). This is just, simply put, a must-see movie.

"I would say it's one of the most, if not the most creatively gratifying experiences of my life," she said. "It's really a very special project to me on many levels. And yeah, I think I wanted to focus a lot on process in this project. I wanted to make sure I had fun doing it rather than just 'let's get it out there'. And it exceeded all of my expectations."

She was especially happy to bring the film to Seattle.

"I'm so excited to be here and it's such a great town and especially it's music history," said Lister-Jones. "I'm really excited to see what the audiences think."