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Synopsis: When 40-something, newly-sober Jen finally lands a date with her teacher crush, she mistakes her online stalking for intimacy, and turns their dinner into an addict’s confessional.

Language

English

Run Time

12 minutes

Starring

Lisa L. Kirchner (Lead)
Todd Sheeler (Supporting)

Directed by

Eugenie Bondurant

Edited by

Amy B. Nestor

Director's Statement

I was drawn to this script on many levels. I was single until my 40th birthday, so I’ve been on a lot of dates. In Lisa’s story I could feel the familiar craving for connection coming from Jen, the protagonist.

As a child of an alcoholic, telling the story about someone in recovery also struck a chord with me. I wanted to make sure what we did felt truthful. In setting the film in a bar/restaurant, we made sure to film the scene with the bar behind Jen. It was a fitting metaphor. Was her problem behind her? Or was it hovering just over her shoulder, coloring her interactions with other people?

I also found it compelling that both characters are flawed, each with their own issues and needs. And how, just as in real life, expectations shift to fit circumstances.

Director's Bio

Eugenie Bondurant’s long and slightly eccentric career has taken her from the runways of New York and Paris to featured roles in film and television, including her breakout role as the feminine and feline cult icon “Tigris” in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. A well-known On-Camera and Meisner acting coach, Bondurant, is a staff member at the prestigious Patel Conservatory and Andi Matheny Acting Studios in Tampa, FL. This is her directorial debut.

Production Year

2020

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