Swipe Right for Emotional Baggage
Lillian and Sam are on a first date at a cafe. Their romance blossoms only to soon bring up an ever looming topic in the form of the emotional baggage that they each carry. They unpack their pasts to see if they have a future together. A rom-com for the Digital Age!
Inclusion StatementOur mission is to include a diverse range of creatives on this project with the cast and crew being equal in 50% women and men. We also want more Asian American voices to play a role within the film, whether it be in front or behind the camera.
About The Project
Pack your baggage, you got a match!
"Swipe Right for Emotional Baggage" is a romantic comedy short film following Lillian and Sam on a first date at a coffee shop. They start hitting it off, only to then delve into each other's literal emotional baggage. How much can one carry from their past and into a new relationship? Can they embrace the good and the bad? Lillian and Sam dissect it all during their date.
"Lillian" and Writer
Gobsmacked Pictures is a newly established production company from the mind of Shelby Smout. Her work dates back to her enrollment at Seattle Film Institute with a short film she made on 16mm called "Planet Somewhere." Her most recent work includes a heartwarming short film, "Old Blue Eyes Ain't Nothin,'" starring veteran actor, Norman Newkirk, and the lead actor in this new project, Nick Palmieri. "Old Blue Eyes Ain't Nothin'" went on to play at several local film festivals and won Best Northwest Film at the Port Orchard Film Festival. Not only does she direct, she also produces short films, such as "EMIKO" (2017), "Way Out of Here" (2018), and "A Purple Vision" (2019). Shelby's goal is to explore storytelling through the intricacies of relationships, the complexities of the human condition, and, well, the occasional cult.
NEXT FLOOR ENTERTAINMENT
Next Floor Entertainment is thrilled to be a part of this production! Specializing in horror storytelling for almost a decade, Next Floor Entertainment has provided content that is both terrifying and entertaining. The company was founded by Justin Robert Vinall and Aaron Alonso in March 2010 after completing a short film aptly titled, "Next Floor."From there on, Justin directed and produced their first horror short film, "A Deal For Red Eyes," which was a finalist at the BlackBoxTV Film Festival in 2012. Following that, experimentation continued with several different projects until their voice was solidified in the horror genre with a beauty-focused horror short, "This Pretty Face," in 2015. It did well at film festivals around the state. Since then, Next Floor Entertainment has created stories that are both engaging with dramatic themes and with twisted visual flair from "EMIKO," a Japanese Inspired Terror, to "Midnight Delight," a cautionary tale. Their latest creation is "A Purple Vision," a new horror short following a shy, young woman who attends a party and eventually uses a dangerous elixr to win the partygoers admiration... only for things to turn into a nightmare. While embracing the horror genre, we do enjoy stretching our legs with different stories. Shelby Smout's last film, "Old Blue Eyes Ain't Nothin'," played at numerous film festivals and left no seat with a dry eye.
Check out EMIKO, our Seed&Spark Fulfilled Horror Short Film starring Laura Dux!
OUR CREW AND BUDGET
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About This Team
Shelby Smout is a local independent filmmaker and producer, utilizing all her best assests from her creative ingenuity to her wordplay within her writing. Shelby graduated with an MFA from Seattle Film Institute in 2017. While she was a student, she worked on several projects, like the black and white science fiction short, "Planet Somewhere," which gave her the ability to play with 16mm film. She later produced a short horror film for Next Floor Entertainment, "EMIKO", that screened at film festivals in and around the state, and won several awards. Shelby established her production company, Gobsmacked Pictures, with a dramatic short film called "Old Blue Eyes Ain't Nothin'." This film played at local film festivals, with one of them awarding her work with Best Northwest Film. She wants nothing more than to proceed in exlporing the human condition through the visual language of film.
Laura Dux is an actor and writer based in Seattle, WA. As an actor, she has performed in local short films and theatre across Seattle. She was most recently in the US premiere of KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE at Theatre Battery as "Kiki" and can be seen this film festival season in Next Floor Entertainment’s horror short, "A Purple Vision." Laura received her BFA in theatre and original works from Cornish College of the Arts (’16). Emotional Baggage will be her debut as a screenwriter.
Justin Robert Vinall
Intrigued by atmospheric horror, Justin Robert Vinall has been professionally part of the Seattle film industry scene since 2012. Acting as producer on this project, Justin has written, directed and produced several pieces over the course of 10 years from his own company, Next Floor Entertainment. His award winning short films stretch from the social commentary of "This Pretty Face" to the dream-like terror of "EMIKO," which has placed him as a rivetting voice in the horror scene. He primarily produces short films, like Shelby Smout's relationship drama, "Old Blue Eyes Ain't Nothin'" and Red Five Production's monstrous short, "Pod People."