|I'M JUST HERE|
|East Coast Premiere|
|Cast: ||Wilson Cruz, Marri Savinar, J.J. Hawkins, Ali Cobrin, Chris Schermerhorn, Isabel Rojas|
|Crew: ||Producers: Nikki Snipper, Osric Chau, Marri Savinar - Screenwriters: Marri Savinar -
A suicide helpline operator finds herself in a personal crisis over a pivotal phone call from a young queer woman.
Lara Aslanian is an award-winning director from Los Angeles, California. She has directed narrative short films, music videos, and commercials. Her work has been recognized by festivals from around the world including the Los Angeles Music Video Festival, Student World Awards, and the London Eye Music Video Festival, to name a few. Lara deeply cares about amplifying silenced voices. This passion led her to direct "I'm Just Here". More recently she wrote and directed her senior thesis film titled "Torn", currently in post-production. "Torn" garnered her the honor of being named a Hollywood Foreign Press Fellow.
We live in a world where it is often easier to make assumptions, instead of empathizing with someone’s personal struggles. When Marri Savinar asked me to direct “I’m Just Here,” I immediately accepted. Beyond raising awareness about the experience of a person who is a transgender, directing this film allowed me to show how much one person can impact another‘s life. Sometimes, we simply need to know that someone else cares and that the pain we are experiencing is not permanent. It hurts me so deeply to think that someone else is in suffering because they don’t feel accepted by the people around them. “I’m Just Here” is about embracing what makes every individual unique. As a filmmaker, it is my job to challenge preconceived notions and help audiences see life through a different lens. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to bring such a powerful story to life alongside our extremely talented cast and crew. I hope to inspire other filmmakers to keep telling these types of stories and to continue raising awareness about a reality many never get the chance to understand.