Here’s some fun counter-programming: the anti-Valentine’s Day-themed short, “Love, Gina.” Of course, the short, a psychological thriller about a woman in love with a man who she’s never met, wasn’t made with Valentine’s Day in mind, but it’s a fitting Playlist exclusive for the day.
Directed by Nicole Emanuele (“Not Waving But Drowning“), “Love, Gina” stars “Limitless” actor Megan Guinan and features a talented crew including producer Steve Farneth of Cinetic Media, cinematography by Larry Langton, editing by Adam Robinson (“Hunter Gatherer, ” “Spring Breakers“), sound by Eric Hoffman (“Lemonade“), VFX artist Curtis Carlson (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Tomorrowland“) and original music by John Ross of Brooklyn indie rockers Wild Pink. Here’s the synopsis, plus a director’s statement:
A psychological thriller about a woman who is corresponding with lover, an incarcerated man she’s never met. She becomes completely immersed in their romance, and spirals out of control when she is forced to face reality.
The film was inspired by non-romantic correspondence with a pen pal who was incarcerated in Florida, and a fear of being pushed in front of a subway car. It was also a farewell to my time in New York, and Brooklyn — a place I called home for seven years.
Watch the full 11-minute short exclusively right here and keep your eye out for Emanuele and her talented crew.