|East Coast Premiere|
|Cast: ||Lenna Parisyan, Connie Saltzman, Debra Toscano, Vincent Ticali, Katerina Pappas|
|Crew: ||Producers: Danae Grandison - Screenwriters: Amanda Alvich
It took Samantha 24 years to come out to her family as gay, but only about two minutes for her parents to completely embarrass her in front of her girlfriend.
Amanda Alvich is a comedy writer, director and actor who resides in New York City. After graduating from Hofstra University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Amanda worked in the PR/Special Events industry for five years before making her official leap into film. While her love for filmmaking and video content creation began as a hobby at a very young age, Amanda always found a way to incorporate video and film throughout her PR career to help keep her sanity. Since 2011, Amanda has worked on several short films and a variety of corporate video content, highlighting her talents in comedy. She is slated to receive her masters in Directing from the School of Visual Arts in May 2017. Her short film, 'OUT', will be her directing debut. In her free time, Amanda enjoys taking naps, yelling at the pigeon who has been building a nest outside her window unit, and practicing her SNL monologue in a mirror.
OUT will be my debut as a filmmaker and I couldn't be happier with the progression of this film. Although this film was created as my thesis at the School of Visual Arts, the concept of this short started back in 2014 when I wrote, directed, and starred in a skit called ‘The Talk’. This skit is about a young girl coming out to her uninterested social-media obsessed parents. Since making ‘The Talk’, my short film ‘OUT’ has been forming in my mind in many different ways. It’s been an exciting road to finally put the idea into a reality over the past several months.
The LGBT community is very close to my heart, and I came into SVA's Master's Program knowing the type of story that I wanted to tell. As a gay woman who had to come out to my parents three (yes, three) separate times, my goal is to be a filmmaker who creates a strong voice for both women and the LGBT community. Instead of making this film about the heartbreaking stereotypes of LGBT families, I share a comedic twist with an outcome that is fun and witty. With this film exposing the audience to my protagonist from early teens to late 20’s, we get to form a special bond with her through different periods of her life. The purpose of this film is to not only target the LGBT community, but all communities as a whole. In simpler terms, this film will be relatable to anyone who is a mother, father, or child. I am beyond confident that this story will make you laugh out loud.