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wild project wild project is a theatre, film, music, and visual arts venue & producing organization that places t wild project, a nonprofit company and venue, is an innovator among producing companies, supporting the diverse independent theatre, film, music, visual arts and spoken-word artists of New York City.

Since 2007, wild project has presented and produced theatre that enriches, educates, and unifies its East Village community in an environmentally responsible green space. Located on E. 3rd St. in Manhattan, wild project curateโ€™s resident companies in its 89-seat theatre and devotes specific initiatives toward LGBTQIA+ and POC projects and the work of local East Village artists, to ensure nonprofit

Since 2007, wild project has presented and produced theatre that enriches, educates, and unifies its East Village community in an environmentally responsible green space. Located on E. 3rd St. in Manhattan, wild project curateโ€™s resident companies in its 89-seat theatre and devotes specific initiatives toward LGBTQIA+ and POC projects and the work of local East Village artists, to ensure nonprofit

Operating as usual

Excited to announce that Way Down will have its official premiere this October at @newfest! With 130+ new queer films, p...
09/15/2022

Excited to announce that Way Down will have its official premiere this October at @newfest!

With 130+ new queer films, premieres & panels, the New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival is back and better than ever -- at the theater in NYC and streaming at home anywhere in the US, October 13th - 25th. ๐ŸŽฅ

View @waydownnyc October 20th at 6:45pm at the SVA Theatre or stream the festival online October 13th - 25th.

https://newfest.org/passes/

Written & Created by: @gjvnyc
Directed & Edited by: @elliegravitte
Produced by: @wildprojectnyc
Executive Producer: @adequesada
DP: @petersenfilms
Production Design: @hutchasaurusrex
Composer: @elizabethpwmusic
Gaffer: @thebambipetersen
1st AC: @iamjacksalmon.jpg
Assistant Director: @kialights
Production Sound: @rachelsuff & @amp_ameliapalmer
Costume designer: @skinnybrowndog
Stills Photography: @ericmcnatt & @infante.matt
Asst Production Design: @simonezal
Asst Production Manager: @christmoseley

Audio Post: @bronxaudio @sarahweck @davidlwolfe & EXTRA LARGE
Colorist: @emilybailey.colorist
PAโ€™s: @tell_you_what @nedcgaynor @moe.sattar @kalensierra

STARRING:
@hi__im__iris__
@aurynotsorry
@alexisgfloyd
@thedeontegoodman
@rakejobertson
@movuke
@marlon_x_quijije

ORIGINAL SONGS BY:
@ninicamps
@thedeontegoodman
@whereiskentrightnow

#indiefilmmaking #queerseries #gay #lesbian #LGBTQIA+ #madeinny #queerfilm #newfest34

At midnight tonight (Sept 1st)  watch the premiere of Tennessee Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams presented by wild...
09/01/2022

At midnight tonight (Sept 1st) watch the premiere of Tennessee Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams presented by wild project - VOD link https://vimeo.com/ondemand/tennesseerising
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based on the life & career of Tennessee Williams
written & performed by Jacob Storms @therealjacobstorms
originally directed for the stage by Alan Cumming @alancummingreally
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Tennessee Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams* (United Solo Award) sheds light on the unexplored early years (1939-1945) of young Williams. The world is on the brink of world war II and a young writer named Tom has finally escaped the family home only to be confronted with the harsh realities of life. To get ahead, he creates a new character for himself to play, Tennessee Williams, and so begins his meandering journey wherein we meet the people in his life who will go on to inspire his most iconic characters all while young Williams grapples with first love, professional triumph and torment, heartbreak, and ultimately "the catastrophe of success." If you thought you knew Tennessee Williams, think again!
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editing by Ellie Gravitte
director of photography by David Doobinin
lighting design by Kryssy Wright
sound mixing by Sean Hagerty

It's the final night of the East Village Queer Film Festival! Check out the EVQ music videos tonight at 6:00pm!Blxck Cxs...
08/27/2022

It's the final night of the East Village Queer Film Festival! Check out the EVQ music videos tonight at 6:00pm!

Blxck Cxsper
Creep Cuts
Undercover
Vaille Vaille
A Better House
Never Be Lonely

For tickets:
https://www.thewildproject.org/performances/east-village-queer-film-festival-3/

#nyc #eastvillage #lgbtcinema #queercinema #lgbt #gaycinema #queerfilm #gay #film #lgbtfilm #cinema #lgbtmovie #lgbtq #gayfilm #queer #movie #gaymovie #queermovie #lesbian #pride #filmfestival #lesbianfilm #lgbtqia #lesbiancinema #gaymovies #lgbtmovies #queerart #lgbtfilmfestival

We are proud to partner with @IndieSpaceNYC, home of the Indie Theater Fund. We donate $0.05 from every ticket sold to IndieSpace. They provide responsive and equity-focused grants and programming to historically excluded individual artists, small companies, and indie venues in NYC!

Learn more about this program and how IndieSpace is helping Indie Theater thrive during Covid and beyond here: https://www.indiespace.org/nickel

Tonight's EVQ films! BABY TEETHTHE GOINGGOOD NIGHTHOLDI CAN TELL YOU ANYTHINGSIX FEET APARTCheck out some of the trailer...
08/26/2022

Tonight's EVQ films!

BABY TEETH
THE GOING
GOOD NIGHT
HOLD
I CAN TELL YOU ANYTHING
SIX FEET APART

Check out some of the trailers below!

For tickets:
https://www.thewildproject.org/performances/east-village-queer-film-festival-3/

THE GOING: https://vimeo.com/552816436

GOOD NIGHT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uta7Y3H0xM

HOLD: https://vimeo.com/kaufmanjoshua/holdtrailer

SIX FEET APART: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2pnOixT9No

#nyc #eastvillage #lgbtcinema #queercinema #lgbt #gaycinema #queerfilm #gay #film #lgbtfilm #cinema #lgbtmovie #lgbtq #gayfilm #queer #movie #gaymovie #queermovie #lesbian #pride #filmfestival #lesbianfilm #lgbtqia #lesbiancinema #gaymovies #lgbtmovies #queerart #lgbtfilmfestival

We are proud to partner with @IndieSpaceNYC, home of the Indie Theater Fund. We donate $0.05 from every ticket sold to IndieSpace. They provide responsive and equity-focused grants and programming to historically excluded individual artists, small companies, and indie venues in NYC!

Learn more about this program and how IndieSpace is helping Indie Theater thrive during Covid and beyond here: https://www.indiespace.org/nickel

For our 3rd edition of ๐‘€๐‘’๐‘’๐‘ก ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ด๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก for this yearโ€™s East Village Queer Film Festival, we asked Joshua Kaufman (IG: @j...
08/26/2022
Hold (2021) | Trailer

For our 3rd edition of ๐‘€๐‘’๐‘’๐‘ก ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ด๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก for this yearโ€™s East Village Queer Film Festival, we asked Joshua Kaufman (IG: @joshua_kaufman) director/screenwriter and producer of the film HOLD to take the mic. HOLD screens tonight, Friday August 26th, 7:00 PM at the 2022 EVQ presented by @wildprojectnyc.

HOLD co-stars Jack Meriwether, Fernando Moya Delgado and Megan Stratton.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/kaufmanjoshua/holdtrailer

For Tickets: https://www.thewildproject.org/performances/east-village-queer-film-festival-3/

Film Website: https://hold-film.com/

๐‡๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฆ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐š ๐ฉ๐จ๐ž๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง-๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ž๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐œ๐š๐ซ. ๐€๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ๐ง'๐ญ ๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ž๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐›๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ญ'๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐›๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ?

The journey of becoming a fully-realized adult is full of dichotomies. We emulate people, but also learn to defy their expectations of us. We learn that there is a difference between the stories we tell and the experiences weโ€™re actually having. These ideas of authenticity and performance are embedded in the filmโ€” and the process of making it and exercising the power of framing it through editing. Like many acts of testimony, it contains both scripted and improvised moments, which blur the boundary between whatโ€™s โ€œrealโ€ and whatโ€™s not.

๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ โ€œ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฎ๐ง๐ฌ๐š๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ž๐ง ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง.โ€ ๐–๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐ข๐œ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฆ?

Yes, mostly the fact that Jack doesnโ€™t disclose whether their brother is still living, which prevents a sense of resolution. Later, thereโ€™s unspoken tension with Jack wanting to get back home and remove themself from the experience of performing. Iโ€™m interested in presenting conflicts and tensions in the way they often manifest in our actual relationships: as subtleties, rather than confrontations.

๐˜๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฐ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ง ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฆ?

In theater, playwrights and/or directors generally have the control of the material and its interpretation during planning and rehearsingโ€” but then the actors ultimately control the showโ€™s outcome through their performances. In film, the final control belongs to the director and/or editor, because everything can be interpreted and decided during post-production.

๐€๐๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ?

Filmmaking is intensely collaborative. Reach out to find people whose work you like and who, more importantly, you feel safe to create with.

๐”๐ฉ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ?

Currently Iโ€™m in post on a short film called Things That Didnโ€™t Happen. This is the first period film Iโ€™ve made (set in the 1970s). As the title suggests, it also deals with ambiguity as a thematic element. In this case the story revolves around a car accident.

๐…๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐‹๐จ๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐’๐ฉ๐จ๐ญ?

My dog, Paul, and I love Tompkins Square dog park. He likes to chase the tin water bowls and cause a scene.

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For our 2nd edition of ๐‘€๐‘’๐‘’๐‘ก ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ด๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก for this yearโ€™s East Village Queer Film Festival, we talk with Sophie Lee Bennett...
08/25/2022
A Neighborhood Away Trailer

For our 2nd edition of ๐‘€๐‘’๐‘’๐‘ก ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ด๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก for this yearโ€™s East Village Queer Film Festival, we talk with Sophie Lee Bennett, director and screenwriter of the film A NEIGHBORHOOD AWAY, screening Thursday August 25th, 7:00 PM at 2022 EVQ presented by wild project.

A NEIGHBORHOOD AWAY is produced by Kate DiRienzi, and co-stars Annika Chavez and Natasha Roland.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/692060564

For Tickets: https://www.thewildproject.org/performances/east-village-queer-film-festival-3/

Film Website: https://www.sleebennett.com/a-neighborhood-away

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐š ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ซ?

If there was a film that could pinpoint the moment it was โ€œStranger Than Fictionโ€ from 2006. It was the first movie I really saw. I remember, for the first time in a theater, actually being moved and affected by what I was seeing and ultimately I just thought that was so cool. That a movie could affect me in such a way.

๐€ ๐๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก๐›๐จ๐ซ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐จ๐›๐ข๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฆ. ๐ƒ๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ซ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฆ?

I would alter that to semi-autobiographical.

Whatโ€™s really rooted in my own experience was the feeling behind the characters' emotions. The protagonists are at two vastly different ends of the coming out timeline. In my own relationship I had started seeing my close friend who had never dated a woman before. Our relationship shifted naturally and beautifully but at the start it brought out my own insecurities Iโ€™d experienced in the past and those Iโ€™d seen in other queer relationships. With every one word said there's an entire essay that can be extracted. Many of my queer peers saw similarities between the characters and their own experiences in their wlw relationships. And more specifically, in the subtle power dynamics that are woven in.

๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ƒ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซโ€™๐ฌ ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ค ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฅ๐ญ ๐š๐ฐ๐ค๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง. ๐ƒ๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐๐›๐š๐œ๐ค ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐œ๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ-๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐š๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž?

When I originally wrote the script I got mixed feedback and it was the same with the film. Some saw it as the start of a relationship, others the end. Ultimately the ambiguity was the whole point in making the film. How anything said can mean a world of difference depending on the context. The hope in making "A Neighborhood Away" was that while these characters' context wasn't made clear, the emotion was.

๐€๐๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ-๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ?

Worry more about finishing it then making it perfect!

๐”๐ฉ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ?

I have a Middle Grade Novel in progress called Welly & The Majestics.

I'm also in pre-production on a queer action short film called Gummy Worms.

๐…๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐‹๐จ๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐’๐ฉ๐จ๐ญ?

Joyface is my personal favorite in the East Village!

https://www.sleebennett.com/a-neighborhood-away

Short Film by S Lee Bennett coming soon

Tonight's EVQ films! Check out the trailers below! For tickets:https://www.thewildproject.org/performances/east-village-...
08/25/2022

Tonight's EVQ films! Check out the trailers below!

For tickets:
https://www.thewildproject.org/performances/east-village-queer-film-festival-3/

A NEIGHBORHOOD AWAY:
https://vimeo.com/692060564

BRB: https://vimeo.com/741260254

BENCHED: https://vimeo.com/693457726

SPIN: https://vimeo.com/565731798

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We've got our first ๐‘€๐‘’๐‘’๐‘ก ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ด๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก for this yearโ€™s East Village Queer Film Festival, this time with Deb Foster (IG: @de...
08/24/2022

We've got our first ๐‘€๐‘’๐‘’๐‘ก ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ด๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก for this yearโ€™s East Village Queer Film Festival, this time with Deb Foster (IG: @debfoster), co-star and screenwriter of the film GOODNIGHT. GOODNIGHT is directed by Lain Ewing, produced by Rollin Laila (IG: @rollinlaila), and co-stars Kalea McNeill. GOODNIGHT screens tomorrow night, Thursday, August 25, 2022 7:00 PM at wild project.

For tickets:
http://www.thewildproject.org/performances/east-village-queer-film-festival-3/

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐†๐จ๐จ๐๐๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฆ?

I was inspired by an experience I had at a fancy bridal shower where everyone was married, had children or were just at very different places in their lives to me. I think all of those things are wonderful, but at that moment I felt like an outsider. I ended up being seated next to another woman who turned out to be the one other person who felt exactly like I did. We bonded instantly as the odd ones out at a party, we were the trouble-makers and that felt exciting and dangerous. I imagined a version of this where we might have escaped on our own adventure for the night, and I wrote GoodNight based on this idea. I also wanted to write it because I had spoken to so many women who had experienced feelings of being "stuck in a box" or wanting to be able to speak more freely about their sexuality. GoodNight is a little bit of a tease that touches the surface of that realm, but I hope it sparks the excitement of the attraction between two strangers in an unusual situation who don't know if they can or cannot be together.

๐ƒ๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ก๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐›๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง?

I did feel nervous to shoot this film and put a really vulnerable part of myself out there for people to see. Itโ€™s always scary when you don't know what the response will be.

On top of that, it was also the most incredibly hard time for me as my Dad passed away only a few months before we filmed. I had to re-write some of the dialogue in the film that talked about him because there was no way I was going to be able to deliver the lines without breaking down completely.

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐‹๐š๐ข๐ง ๐„๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐†๐จ๐จ๐๐๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ?

I met Lain through mutual friends in filmmaking and we had chatted a few times about potentially working together on a project. I loved that Lain and I had a really similar appreciation for "dark optimism" as she puts it. Our ideas were really aligned on the visual aspects and overall feeling for this film. Lain is also really involved in Women in Film LA, and I appreciate her drive for creating more female driven films.

๐–๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐‹๐š๐ข๐ง ๐ข๐๐ž๐š๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐ฌ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐š ๐ฌ๐ž๐ญ-๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ญ ๐ข๐๐ž๐š๐ฌ?

Lain and I definitely spent time together creating the look of the film and talking through the shots with our DP, Erik Smith. I can be meticulous when it comes to the details, and Lain did an incredible job helping achieve what I was looking for, while also adding so much of her own great ideas to the script and the aesthetic. I have to also give a big shoutout to our DP, Erik, who completely knocked it out of the park in terms of creating the shots we were hoping for and more.

๐€๐๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ?

My first piece of advice is, if you haven't watched 'This is John', by the Duplass Brothers, it's about 7 minutes long and it's on YouTube and you just have to watch it.

The other piece of advice I have is, however scared you are to put your work out, just go for it, because there's so much learning that happens in the process and the mistakes and the hurdles. And then when you make the next one you'll get better. And the next one, even better. And the other part about putting out scary work is that usually the reason it's scary is because maybe there's something really honest in there that someone watching the film might be able to connect to. And that's really special.

๐”๐ฉ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ?

I have another dark comedy short that is ready to go into pre-production.

๐…๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐‹๐จ๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐’๐ฉ๐จ๐ญ?

In New York I adore everything about the East Village, it's the first place I landed when I moved there from New Zealand in 2010. But also now, whenever I get to return to New York I crave the oysters and dirty martinis and Maison Premiere in Brooklyn.

My fave local spot in Venice,CA where I now live is called the Venice Ale House, it's right on the beach and definitely worth a visit!

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