The Filipinx Edition: Short Film Collection • 16m
What’s more embarrassing than writing erotic fiction about your crush? Accidentally texting it to her. When this very thing happens to Nousha she enlists the help of her best friend, Oliver, and they set out on a mission to delete the text…. By any means necessary.
ALYSSA LERNER (she/they) is a queer comedy writer and director heralding from Poway, CA. The child of a Jewish guitarist and Filipina dancer-slash-reiki-healer, Alyssa knew she could be anything she wanted in life except rich. As a child, she sported an eyepatch/glasses combo, stutter, and scoliosis brace— thankfully not at the same time— and she used her adolescence to train for a professional career in ballet. After years of schlepping her hard plastic scoliosis brace to ballet academies and competitions around the world, she had a 1/5th life crisis, and left her predetermined ballet career to attend the University of California, Berkeley where she explored Ethnic Studies and being gay. She went on to graduate from USC’s MFA in Screenwriting, where she finally found her voice in comedy writing. She has since written on shows for Disney+ and Amazon Studios and is in development on her feature film directorial debut, a high school comedy titled JESSE IS A FRIEND that was featured on the 2020 GLAAD List, a curated list of the most promising unmade LGBTQ-inclusive scripts in Hollywood. She is resident in the 2019 Black List x Women in Film Feature Lab. Her directorial debut “Bubble” won Best Narrative Short at aGLIFF32 and the audience award for best short at Frameline43 Film Festival, while her second film, “Break In” was an official selection at the Palm Springs Short Film Festival, Outfest Los Angeles, Shortlisted for the Iris Prize, and won Best in Show at Wicked Queer Film Festival (2021). And despite her past eyepatch and scoliosis brace, she now has a clear vision for her future— and nothing is holding her back. Alyssa is represented by Jairo Alvarado at Redefine Entertainment and Abby Glusker & Jessica Kantor at United Talent Agency
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