Queer filmmaker Samantha Lee, in collaboration with Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Ella Lentini, is embarking on a captivating new lesbian short film project. Delve into the intriguing story and watch the trailer below to get a sneak peek of what's in store.
Samantha Lee, a queer Filipino filmmaker and advocate for improved representation of women and the LGBTQ community in cinema, came to our attention with the release of her debut feature film, "Baka Bukas" (also known as "Maybe Tomorrow") in 2016. This lesbian romance beautifully depicts the story of a creative individual who discovers love with her best friend. The movie achieved remarkable success, garnering numerous awards, including the Emerging Talent Award at the 2017 Outfest.
Building on this success, Lee returned to the cinematic scene two years later with her second project, "Billie & Emma." This poignant LGBTQ+ coming-of-age narrative centers around a pregnant teenage girl who finds herself falling for the new girl at school.
Now, let's venture into Lee's latest movie, where she delves into the intricate dynamics of long-distance romantic relationships. This new endeavor showcases her unwavering commitment to exploring the multifaceted dimensions of love and human connection on the silver screen.
The movie’s plot is as follows: Jasmine lives in the Philippines and is supposed to visit her girlfriend, Ella, who lives in California. As Jasmine prepares for her trip, she suddenly hears that all flights are canceled due to the pandemic that has hit the world.
Even though the two young women were already in a long-distance relationship before the epidemic began, the film looks at the forced separation and the impact it can have on the romantic relationship between Jasmine and Ella.
It proves that it is possible to make a film during a global pandemic when everyone is on lockdown at home. That’s quite a feat, especially when you imagine the conditions under which the film was shot. The actresses were filmed separately, as you can imagine, and only four people are appearing on screen.