Synopsis: Margot’s a shy girl with a stutter, and in her junior year of high school she falls head over heals for Raz, the school’s new speech teacher. Through song, Margot learns to use her voice and becomes determined to express her feelings at Raz’s end of the year talent show.
I can still remember hearing the Spit It Out, Margot! pitch for the first time and immediately knowing that I had to be part of the project.
There was something so unapologetically happy and hopeful about the story that was hard to turn away from. I remember being particularly excited that this wasn’t a coming out story. So often queer representation starts and ends with a character’s struggle to understand their own identity, but that wasn’t the case in Margot’s world. She knew who she was, but didn’t always know how to share it. While she struggled in the day to day to make her voice heard, there was no denying what she could say through song. Her escapisms are the things that we all needed at the time, and even more so now. This story was something that forced a smile on your face and made you want to dance.
When production crews assembled ours turned out to be a predominantly queer group of women and trans folx, and for a male dominated industry this was a first at USC. Working on set with a 100% women and genderqueer led crew really allowed this to be something special and make space for a new demographic of filmmakers to step up.
Ella R. Harris is a writer/director out of the University of Southern California. Since dedicating themselves to film, Ella has made strides towards bettering LGBTQ representation on screen. Chosen as one of four Seniors to direct a thesis, Ella achieved a career first making the musical film Spit It Out, Margot! which received coverage in USC’s on-campus publication as well as The Hollywood Reporter. Prior directorial ventures include For the Kids and Fluid, with producing credits on award-winning titles 5A-5B, and Mandao Returns.