|WE HAD PLANS|
|Cast: ||Lauren A. Kennedy, Gwen Albers|
|Crew: ||Producers: Christina Raia, Kelsey Rauber - Screenwriters: Kelsey Rauber
Diana and Liz are two adult sisters who love and respect each other more than anyone else in the world. However, when Liz decides she needs to break a promise she made for the benefit of her own future, Diana has to decide whether or not she can accept Liz's decision.
Christina Raia is a New York City based Writer/Director, the Founder of CongestedCat Productions LLC & a Crowdfunding Specialist at Seed&Spark. She won Best Director for her feature film, SUMMIT, at the Rhode Island International Film Festival's Vortex Fest, and the film won Best Horror Film at the Manhattan Film Festival. It was released on VOD in 2016. She co-created, directed and produced the comedic web series Kelsey, which premiered on blip.tv in September 2013 to rave reviews and consistent press coverage, including as a Critic’s Pick and named one of the 19 Best Comedy Web Series of 2013 by Indiewire.com. It has over a quarter million hits online. Her other credits as Director, Producer and Writer include multiple narrative short films that have made official selection at film festivals across the country. In addition to Indiewire, her work and approach as a filmmaker have been covered by the Examiner, AfterEllen and BuzzFeed. She also turned her desire to foster collaboration and engagement in the local film community into IndieWorks, a monthly film screening series showcasing and supporting the work of other independent filmmakers in New York.
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With this film, I wanted to tell a story in a limited space, with limited time, with limited distraction from the core of the story; just two women having an intimate & heated discussion, the magnitude of which is bigger than the film it exists within. The idea of choice, or lack thereof, is something so key to being a contemporary woman, but something so rarely explored in film, especially in this unique, subversive context. I hope the film feels both authentic and specific, while also open to interpretation.