FALL RIVER, Mass. — Three filmmakers with Fall River roots are hoping their latest production, “Sunny Side Up,” scores some laughs with viewers.

In the dark comedy, a young funeral director, “burdened with severe social anxiety and a relentless inner voice, tries to take comfort in a self-imposed house arrest, but he’s challenged by a curious neighbor,” said Nelson Reis, founder of Vipex Productions with Mike Melo and Luis Carvalho.

Filmed mostly in Fall River but also in New Hampshire, “Sunny Side Up” is the second of three full-length films by the creative team of filmmakers. In addition to numerous short films, they also produced the drama “Silence” (to be released in 2021) and the thriller “Jonah Lives,” all of which were shot in Fall River with budgets of less than $100,000.

“Sunny Side Up,” starring Hunter Davis and Samantha Creed, started streaming on Amazon earlier this month. In an interview shortly after it began streaming, Reis said it was doing well so far.

“Sunny Side Up,” was shot in 2017, well before quarantining became a way of life amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In the story, funeral director Gregory Samuel (Davis) is in the midst of a self-imposed 30-day leave of absence from the world when his neighbor Emma Poesy (Creed) shakes up those plans.

They released “Jonah Lives” through a distributor and for “Sunny Side Up,” they decided to release it through Amazon as a test for how they will release “Silence” next year. All three partners work full time in the film world; producing music videos and other commercial projects to support their feature film work, said Reis.

The three met through family members in the Portuguese community and they trade off writing, directing and film production duties on the film projects. Melo wrote “Sunny Side Up,” Carvalho wrote “Jonah Lives,” and Reis wrote “Silence.”

“Sunny Side Up” was shot in the winter of 2017 in the midst of the blizzard that year.

Ninety percent of the scenes were shot in an apartment in Fall River with additional scenes shot locally at Portugalia Marketplace and in a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus in Providence. At the height of the blizzard, the film production team headed to a funeral home in New Hampshire to shoot the scenes that take place in the main character’s workplace, a funeral home.

“The only available funeral home that let us film inside was in New Hampshire,” recalled Reis. “We were filming in one wing of the funeral home and they were running their normal business in the other one. It was kind of freaky in a way knowing it was a real funeral home with real people inside, but fortunately it all worked out,” said Reis.

Melo and Davis are based Los Angeles so they shot the entire film here in 20 days straight with 18 hour days of filming. “By the end of it our beards were all grown and we were kind of a mess, but we achieved the filming that we had planned for,” said Reis.

“Sunny Side Up’s cast includes repertory stage actor Alexander Cook and Fall River native Paula Lauzon. According to Lauzon’s IMBD page, she has appeared as a “character actress both in film and on television shows such as A&E’s Cold Case, the Oxygen True Crime Stories, and Murder Book Mystery.”

The supporting cast also includes SouthCoast-based actors Alan Pelz-Sharpe and William Galatis, said Reis.

A native of Portugal and resident of Fall River for 25 years, Reis said he started out in TV work as a news reporter for SPT Television in New Jersey.

Working at the Portuguese language television station eventually led to him working on the other side of the camera producing music videos and eventually filmmaking.

His writing preference leans towards drama, while Carvalho prefers the horror genre and Melo specializes in comedy. “Silence,” the film Reis wrote, is a drama about the effects of social media on a relationship. “Everything started with a passion and over the years you take that passion and try to run a business with it too,” he said.

Of the three genres, he said comedies are the most challenging. “You can scare anyone with the sound, but it’s hard to make people laugh. People can interpret a joke differently and it’s pretty much based on the writing,” said Reis. “Comedy is a hard one to know, especially when you put it into a topic like we did, which was social anxiety so it’s kind of a taboo topic to touch.”

Check out a trailer of “Sunny Side Up,” on YouTube or visit the film’s page at IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4426058/