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An Intimate Friendship

Like an extended TV soap opera, indie vidpic "An Intimate Friendship" offers earnestly awful relationship upheavals among the young and the gender-preferentially restless. Trite effort won't win any awards, but as its production company moniker duly notes, there is a market gap to be filled -- a paucity of lesbian dramatic features.

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With: Lisel M. Gorell, Stacy Marr, Rini Starkey, Tim McMillan, Kerry Leigh LePage, Angela Evers Hughey.

Looking and sounding like an extended TV soap opera, indie vidpic “An Intimate Friendship” offers earnestly awful relationship upheavals among the young and the gender-preferentially restless. Trite effort won’t win any awards, but as its production company moniker duly notes, there is a market gap to be filled — a paucity of lesbian dramatic features and prior success of such equally-bad-but-better-than-nothing-right? titles as “Claire of the Moon” suggest this will get at least some exposure as a direct-to-tape item.

Blandly delineated lead characters are a close-knit group of young adults in Phoenix. Faygan (Lisel M. Gorell) is shocked and Kelly (Rini Starkey) disgusted when latter’s sister Danielle (Stacy Marr) reluctantly reveals she’s involved in a serious, live-in Sapphic relationship with Sam (Kerry Leigh LePage), the producer at a theater where scenarist/thesp Faygan works. Faygan plays intermediary between the estranged sibs, drifts into a relationship with longtime friend Jamie (Tim McMillan), then suddenly realizes it’s Danielle she really loves. Cliched dialogue, antiseptic suburban atmosphere and lack of plausible or in-depth character development keep pic hovering between the banal and ridiculous. Some uneven miking aside, tech aspects are adequate by off-net broadcast standards.

An Intimate Friendship

Production: A Filling the Gap production. Produced by Angela Evers Hughey. Executive producer, Sheri Owens. Directed, written by Angela Evers Hughey.

Crew: Camera (color, HD vid), Jessica Gallent; editor, Sharri Weinberg; music, Laura Sawosko. Reviewed at San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Festival, June 15, 2001. Running time: 81 MIN.

With: With: Lisel M. Gorell, Stacy Marr, Rini Starkey, Tim McMillan, Kerry Leigh LePage, Angela Evers Hughey.

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