Many of us have loads of friends, but despite the numbers there are only a couple you would consider best friends. Those you can call on no matter the time of day or what you need and they will be there for you. Those friendships are to be treasured. Not taken for granted.

Even though they have grown apart as the enter young adulthood, Celeste (Nicole Falk – first film) calls on Piper (Jill Renner – Broken, Lift) when she really needs a friend. While in college, Celeste has gotten pregnant and has decided on getting an abortion. She needs someone to drive her there and stay with her.

While in the car they do not speak much. The distance/tension between them is palpable. Once Celeste has gone through the initial exam, the two head to their motel. Soon they decide to go out to have some drinks and end up dancing. Whatever has come between them seems to melt away for a bit. But it resurfaces soon and they argue about who the other has become. Once again they lapse into awkward silence.

Once Celeste is faced with a challenge the next day, Piper is once again there to help her through it. That bond between the two will never go away.

This short film was made by director Xinyi Zhu while she was a student at USC. She (and two others) were selected and funded to shoot a short film based on scripts they were offered. Zhu selected Kindling as it spoke to her. Wise choice as it is the type of story which will be relatable for many. Male. Female. Young. Old. Won’t matter. Even though it is a story about two young women and abortion, anyone can relate to having that type of friend.

The conflict(s) between the two remain unspoken. Doesn’t really matter why they grew apart. They just did. Yet their bond remains. Female friendship is a unique thing. The bond can be so strong. A real love is there. Not just someone you like to hang out with. Rather someone you can cry, laugh, realate to, trust, and love.

Even the aspect of the film involving the abortion is done in a rather realistic fashion. Cool to have a film which speaks to women’s issues and especially to young women. Important that women’s health and ownership over their bodies/choices be seen as normal. That will happen when they are talked about and shown in films as not the exception, but something every women deals with. We have to normalize what women battle against during all periods of their lives.

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