Synopsis: An uninhibited 10 year old girl faces the fallout from flashing her class at her strict Catholic school.
This film is inspired by one of my strongest memories of my Catholic school education. I wanted to explore a fragile moment in an adolescent girl’s life- when she becomes aware of herself, her body in space, and the responsibility of womanhood. How do we learn what it means to be “lady like”? This story is about the desire to be liked, the awkwardness of change, and how significant lessons can be learned in small moments of private humiliation. What happens if you don’t have strong female role models? How are the ways of womanhood passed down? This film digs into the standards of beauty and behavior, and ultimately boundaries enforced, that deeply embed how we educate young girls. It poses the question- what compromises do we make to fit in?
Molly Gillis is currently pursuing her MFA as a writer/director at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has previously worked in film production in NYC for HBO, A24 Films, Fox Searchlight, NBC, and MTV on feature films & episodic television. She earned a BFA in experimental theater at NYU. She is a 2019 Spike Lee Production Film Fund Winner, a Willard T. Johnson Scholarship Fellow, and a Maurice Kanbar Scholar.