An exploration of the complex and confusing nuances of gender, consent, and family, "Relations" explores the fallout, years later, from a sexual encounter that leaves both parties involved feeling victimized. (Teaser starring Dana Koops and Julian Najera)
Inclusion StatementI'm a female writer/director collaborating with two female producers on a short about a very flawed and idiosyncratic female protagonist. My interests as a filmmaker lie in the difficult and uncomfortable dilemmas that arise from our collective confusion about sex and gender, and other big issues.
About The Project
Candace is on a mission to speak to her cousin Jesse’s fiancée Alix at their engagement party in the ballroom of hotel. Fighting her way past her mother and through her extended family, she is finally able to deliver a note to Alix requesting a meeting in the hallway. Before Candace gets a chance to talk to Alix, Jesse comes out the ballroom doors pushing their elderly Grandma Jean in a wheelchair. After Candace reluctantly accompanies Jesse as he puts Jean to bed, the cousins make their way downstairs in the elevator. Jesse confronts Candace, pressing her about what she intends to speak to Alix about. Candace confesses that she is planning to tell Alix about a sexual encounter she and Jesse shared when they were teenagers. In talking to Jesse about it, Candace begins to understand her memory differently.
Relations is a film about the complexities of family, sexuality, consent, and memory. Is it possible that two young people could find themselves in a sexual encounter to which neither felt like they had truly consented? How would that effect them years later? How would their ability to talk about it be constrained by being members of the same extended family?
Our teaser video is a kind of prequel to Relations.
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About This Team
Hallie Cooper-Novack (Director) is an LA-based filmmaker who was born and bred in New York City. Hallie recently directed the music video for MGMT's When You Die with Mike Burakoff. The video stars Alex Karpovsky, and premiered on The New Yorker. Her previous short, Jagoo, stars Greta Gerwig and Ana Kayne and showed in the Manhattan Film Festival. She is a graduate of Yale School of Drama and Wesleyan University.
Lucia Pier (Producer) works in film, television, and commercials. After several years in film festival operations, she seamlessly made the move into production in 2013. Since then, her work has included narrative features and series for HBO, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and ABC; documentary projects for Netflix and Runaway Films; commercials for clients such as Apple, Ford, the NBA, and HBO; and short films and music videos, most recently the MGMT video When You Die. That music video was her first collaboration with Hallie Cooper-Novack. She's thrilled to be embarking with Hallie on this new and timely project.
Cemile Turam (Producer) attributes her affinity toward challenging, stylized subjects that inspire community to working under Herzog before completing her MFA in Producing from the American Film Institute. Despite this focus, nothing stops her from choosing a project based on the collaborators involved. Her feature film, 3 WORDS, starring Jaimie King, Andy Dick, Tobin Bell, Dana Ashbrook and Claudia Ferri is currently in post production. Her next feature film project in Nicaragua shoots this month.
Steven Breckon (Director of Photography) is a Los Angeles-based DP, and a recent graduate of the American Film Institute's Cinematography MFA where he was a recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Tuition Scholarship. Since graduating Steven has shot commercials & music video's for LEVI'S, CONVERSE, MGMT and ARCADE FIRE, WOLFMAN OF PACOIMA--a Sundance Lab project written/directed by Calvin Reeder--as well as a television pilot directed by Shaka King titled RISQUE BENEDICT. The child of commercial fishermen, Steven grew up outside of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Max Goldblatt (Editor) is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker. He recently collaborated with Hallie Cooper-Novack on the music video for MGMT’s When You Die. Some other editing credits: the forthcoming feature IN A RELATIONSHIP, starring Emma Roberts... the Slamdance-award winning HUNKY DORY, for director Michael Curtis Johnson… a few dozen short videos about technology for the web series Nat & Friends (produced by Google's Creative Lab). Max has also cut a bunch of stuff for actors-turned-directors Brie Larson, Sarah Ramos, Georgia King, and Michael Angarano; as well as for music-folk like Dirty Projectors, Spoon, Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson.