|PAY TO STAY|
|Cast: ||Debbie Campbell, Melody Cheng, Lydiana Medellin|
|Crew: ||Producers: Kathryn Henderson, Hillary Nussbaum - Screenwriter: Heather Taylor - Director of Photography: Lara Aqel - Composer: Mark Orton - Editor: Sarah Taylor
A lesbian couple takes a mini vacation to repair their relationship, unaware the apartment they rented online may lead to their untimely end.
Heather Taylor is a writer, director and co-founder of the creative studio, Cereal Made. She has developed shorts, web series and features - both narrative and documentary - and graduated with a Masters in Screenwriting from City University, London. After living in Canada and the U.K., Taylor now calls New York home. Her career highlights include her first feature film script, The Last Thakur, which premiered at the London International Film Festival; her sci-fi web series, Raptured, which had over one million views and is being developed into a TV series; and Stitched, her award-winning horror short, which played at festivals internationally. Taylor has also developed branded content programs with organizations such as The Economist and the BBC and brands such as IKEA, PayPal, Microsoft, IBM, Nespresso, RBC, Samsung and UN Women. Her proudest moment came after the London riots, when she amassed more than 500 people in South London to clean their streets. This group, branded the Broom Army, hit front pages around the world and resulted in Taylor receiving a Local Heroes award. Currently, she is working on her second feature film, ROT, with New York-based BullMoose Pictures, and her latest horror short, Pay To Stay, will play festivals in 2019.
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I’ve always been fascinated with the trust we give to technology. We say yes to terms & conditions we don’t read, we give away our intimate secrets to strangers online, and we casually give away all of our information to companies that make millions off of it. With news stories surfacing about the assaults on women in Ubers, and the case of the man who was trapped and assaulted in an AirBnB in Spain, how can we continue to blindly trust what technology allows us to do?
Often we trust these larger, faceless entities more than we trust our own partners. The people we’re supposed to be the closest to can be the ones we trust the least. Will they break our heart? Will they always be there for us? When will the other shoe drop?
I want more people to question who and what they trust in the world when it comes to technology, media, and the government. By exploring this through the central relationship of Rikki and Jenn and the monstrous trap they find themselves in, we’ll create a mechanism for conversation and reflection as films are one of the most accessible forms of art experienced by most walks of life.
I’ve also created this film with a multi-racial female cast because I think there need to be more stories that center around complex and fascinating women, especially in the horror genre. The US is over 50% women, yet 79% of the programming we see on screen features casts with more men than women. We base our view of the world on what we see in entertainment and media, so if we’re going to help tackle people’s biases, we need to create more films that give an alternate perspective.