WE ARE IN A VISIBILITY CRISIS! Queer women make up 2% of tv characters and in 2016, 18 female queer characters have already been killed. The representation and longevity of our storylines are at risk. With the support of an all female cast and crew we bring to you queer ladies that are eternal.
About The Project
Growing up as a closeted teenager, too scared to reach out, the only safe route to better understand my feelings came in the form of film and television. However, whenever a queer storyline was presented, it quickly dissipated after a few episodes relegating lesbian relationships to the realm of “just a phase” and further alienating the feelings of LGBT youth.
While the LGBT community has made great strides toward equality in the world we live in, queer female visibility in Hollywood has trailed behind. Perhaps the number of LGBT characters has grown, but this alone should not satisfy. Our community should not be content with having to sift through hours of narrative on any given television show to find ten minutes of queer content. The queer female protagonist is still a rarity and the queer female protagonist, written by a member of the very community they represent, is virtually non-existent. Our community deserves storylines told from a queer perspective, from ourperspective. This is our mission.
Vida follows the style of cult favorites like Buffy the Vampire and Heathers. It is a campy homage to nineties riotgrrl trends filled with teenage angst, buckets of blood and repressed adolescent sexuality.
The only thing 17-year-old Vida desires is to play her violin and avoid all social interactions, especially those with her wannabe instagram famous roommate. However, her masochistic isolation is overthrown when a Courtney Love obsessed lesbian vampire accidentally turns Vida into one of her own. Now, as Vida fights to suppress her sexuality and starvation, she must deal with both her new sire, who keeps pushing Vida to accept who she is, and her sweet smelling roommate, who just wants to Netflix and chill… under Vida’s covers.
Vida aims to bring young lesbian protagonists to the queer youth of today. It will be crafted by an all female cast and crew that consists of multiple queer women eager to fill the void for youth struggling with their identities. Help us #ressurectourgays.
About This Team
Nicole Santiago obtained a B.A. in her hometown at San Francisco State University and has since then focused on writing and directing short films and music videos. This fall, she will begin the Film Directing MFA program at Cal Arts.
Nance Messineo met Nicole while attending San Francisco State University where she worked on dozens of productions including short films that went on to countless film festivals. She received her BA in Cinema with a focus in cinematography.
Lisette Lastra is a Chilean-born actress, producer, director and production designer. She has won multiple international awards for her acting and is following her career with passion.