Being and Nothingness, Five Families & Lonely in the Dusk

Three short films which have screened in the U.S. (California), but are awaiting distribution deals. Here they are:

Being and Nothingness directed by Ashley Avis:

Casper, Wyoming is not exactly paradise. Especially in the eyes of a 16-year-old girl. Lola (Sascha Nastasi) and her recently divorced mom (Betsy Brandt – from television’s Breaking Bad) are going there to live with her mom’s mom Ivy (Cloris Leachman – The Last Picture Show, Young Frankenstein). Ivy is a woman of a certain age (old), who lives on a sprawling ranch in a rather desolate rural area.

Once there Lola finds herself attracted to the young ranchhand Ivy has working for her. A couple of years older than her, Cody (Connor Weil – Sharknado, McFarland) is nice and there is something about him Lola is intrigued by.

Things become more unsure for everyone when suddenly Ivy dies. Everyone is thrown into a state of flux. Lola’s Jean Paul Sartre obesessed mother is not sure where they will live and Cody has lost one of the most important people in his life.

Lola seizes her opportunity and seduces Cody. Despite the fact that he has a girlfriend, who has been nothing but nice to Lola. Lola decides she has to get rid of Ally (Sloane Avery – Don Jon, Purity Falls) for Cody and her own sakes.

Five Families directed by Adam Cushman:

As a member of the Jewish mafia operating in Los Angeles, Benny (David Proval – Mean Streets, Shawshank Redemption) is now pretty much semi-retired. Thinking he is going to just relax and leave that life behind is not really what is about to happen.

His grandson Eddie (Christopher Redman – from television’s God Friended Me) has the idea in his head that he is going to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. Benny wants to put a stop to that as he wants something better for his grandson.

This is going on at the same time that a trio of corrupt cops are closing in targeting local criminals and Benny seems to be next on their hit list.

Lonely in the Dusk directed by Jacky Song:

It is the 1950s and homosexuality is not accepted. A young deaf and mute woman named Elizabeth (Mashka Wolfe – appeared in episodes of Jane the Virgin and I Am the Night) has just been released from a terrible psychiatric hospital where she underwent “treatment” for being gay.

Now out, she decides she wants to make a change in her life. It is not going to be easy and so she finds herself in a state of hopelessness after Marilyn (Ksenia Nesterova) leaves her. To fill the void, Elizabeth goes home with Linda (Marta Morilla), a prostitute.

The night does not go as Elizabeth had hoped. It gets even worse for her when she commits a serious mistake. What is she going to do now?

In order to get out from under this and, at the same time, be with Marilyn, Elizabeth undergoes a serious procedure. This is seemingly her only option if she wants to live her truth at this time.

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