Synopsis: Aisha Schliessler masterfully crafts this visually stunning and emotionally moving piece centered around love and betrayal. When the main character receives a call from her best friend, it’s clear that something is amiss between the two. The following conversation between Kate and Ella (both played by Juno Temple) slowly clues the viewer into the devastating truth.
The inspiration for this film began with the pandemic. The desire to create something last spring when the world shut down and the prospects of work seemed unknown. I wanted to make something meaningful but safe, with minimal resources and crew. Luckily I had access to a beautiful location and was inspired to write an emotionally messy story that would be juxtaposed with the meticulously maintained environment. The theme of betrayal is one that I think everyone can identify with. For an added challenge, I decided to have our actor (Juno Temple) play both roles- our protagonist on screen and her foil on the phone. I hope this opens up the film to further interpretation. Did this conversation really happen? I’ll let you decide.
Aisha Schliessler is a writer and director living in Los Angeles, California.
A third-generation filmmaker, life behind the camera is in her blood. She has worked across a wide range of projects including short films, music videos, and commercials.
In 2017 she wrote and directed THE END, about a lonesome beauty and her unusual dinner date, which won the Audience Choice Award at the New York City Short Film Festival (NYC Shorts).
More recently, Aisha wrote and directed the short film RHINESTONE BLUE in collaboration with FUJIFILM. The film screened at several festivals and went on to win a Telly Award, a Cannes Corporate Media and TV Award, and picked up Best Short Drama at The Valley Film Festival.
Her latest projects include a music video for Liza Owen and Epic Records, as well as a short film, THE CALL, starring Juno Temple. Both are set to premiere in the spring of 2021.