|Cast: ||Gaby Hoffmann, Elaine Hyman, Madison Arnold|
|Crew: ||Producers: Dasha Tolstikova - Screenwriters: Lisa Melodia - Cinematographer: Edwin Martinez - Editor: James W. Harrison Iii
Sam leads a rather isolated existence, cleaning the house of an eccentric elderly woman and making lists about how to improve her life. When Ms. Stanton asks Sam to spy on her long lost brother, their relationship turns personal and Sam must confront her own reclusive tendencies.
Lisa Melodia is a filmmaker living in New York City. Her debut short film, Confidante, starring Gaby Hoffmann, screened at film festivals across the country including Mill Valley, Seattle International, and Athens International. Her latest short, Big Girl, began its 2014 festival run at Cleveland International, Maryland, Palm Springs International ShortFest, and Nantucket. Lisa is currently developing her first feature film, a coming of age story about a mother and daughter, music, and first loves, set in her hometown of Seattle.
One afternoon while wandering around the Frick Collection, I discovered the Vermeer painting, Mistress and Maid and was transfixed. As I studied the painting, my eyes were drawn to the letter that seemed to loom between the two women. Was it a love letter? A confession? A secret? Here are two women bound by a strictly professional relationship yet what draws them together is something personal. While Confidante began as an exploration of this kind of relationship, it quickly became a meditation on my own strained familial relationships. Using Mistress and Maid as visual and thematic inspiration, the film is a personal expression of my issues around family and isolation, resentment and understanding.