Director: Lorena Gordon
2020 | USA | 13m | English
A timid high school girl reveals her truth during the most important night of the year.
Starring: Katie Burton, Zack Gottsagen, George Lopez, Marlene Forte, Tricia Brooks
Playing in shorts program: BFFs – Young At Heart
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Lorena Gordon is an award-winning writer/director. Hailing from Queens, New York. Lorena began her journey working on sets at the age of eighteen with directors such as Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes, and Ben Stiller.
The stories Lorena feels most passionate about telling are about the human condition and the complicated facets of life. Lorena feels it’s her responsibility to give a voice to the voiceless, as someone who is Latinx and Queer. Lorena has directed and produced short films: including The Cure and Times Like These. Her short films have been picked up for distribution. Most recently, Lorena wrote and directed the short film At Last, starring Zack Gottsagen and George Lopez. At Last premiered at Hollyshorts Film Festival in 2020, winning multiple awards throughout their festival run.
My name is Lorena Gordon. I am the writer and director of the the film, At Last. This is a personal film I wrote and am so passionate about sharing. I like telling powerful and compelling stories, and giving a voice to those who need to be heard and seen on screen. Film is such a powerful medium, and as a storyteller it’s our responsibility we use that power for good.
Through images and words anything can be translated and digested. The world can be a better place if we make more diverse and unique stories and find the human connection in the work we are making. If I had seen my experience on screen, I would have felt less alone.
The genesis for this story came to me after looking back at my high school years. I wanted to write about coming out because I buried myself in the closest for many years until the age of twenty-three.
I carried so much shame for being gay and didn’t want to disappoint my family. I now have compassion for my high school self. If I had only been more brave and not cared about what others thought, I would have been free to take whoever I wanted to prom and dress the way I actually wanted to express myself. This is a film I wish I had when I was a teenager.