With the help of her best friend, Christine redefines her perception of strength and what it means to be herself.
Children today are growing up in a polarizing environment. On one hand, our society has started to embrace those who do not adhere to “gender norms” or preordained sexual orientations. Thus, children have been granted newfound freedom to explore, to identify as they will. On the other hand, there are many people who are fighting against this—fearing what is different or untraditional. Today, children who dare to be different are often met with discrimination and bullying. Society tells them there is one way to look, one way to act, one way to be.
“Christine” tells the story of a young girl’s effort to define herself in one such unaccepting environment. The ignorance and prejudice she outwardly faces results in an inward struggle to define herself, and ultimately, to accept herself. There is a learning curve woven into this piece—it was important for us to paint an image of children trying different ways to conform to what they believe is the “right way” of being, only to stumble, get up and try again—until they find what works best for themselves as individuals.
It is not our intention for “Christine" to represent any one “type" of person, but rather to tell an individual’s story—in the hope that it might touch each person differently. Christine is all of us, in one way or another, and Christine is entirely herself.
Jessica is a writer and filmmaker with a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. She works professionally in feature film, with credits featuring Robert Redford, Gerard Butler and Bruce Willis. Jessica’s directorial work includes several published plays as well as original work, and writing and directing credits on several short films. She has been honored by the Director's Guild of America with a Jury Award for her 2014 original short film, STEEL. She is very excited to be sharing the story of CHRISTINE with you today.
Writer, Director of Photography, & Producer
Kate Montgomery is a Texan who was practically born with a camera in her hands. Her single minded approach to the pursuit of cinematography led her to New York to study film at Sarah Lawrence College, during which she dove head long into the world of commercials and feature films. She loves creating worlds and telling stories in them, and it is this creative impulse that draws her to filmmaking. To date, Montgomery has lensed numerous short films, as well as crewed on a variety of projects including narrative, music video, commercial, fashion, and documentary.
Stephanie Serra, founder of Triserratops Productions, llc. Works as a producer in New York City. Having received her bachelors degree from Sarah Lawrence college in film production, she has studied the arts of screenwriting, directing, and producing. Her background in child psychology fuels her desire to create documentary and narrative films for and about children.
From the very first stages of production, stephanie's ultimate concern is to find the appropriate voice and story for her young audiences. Working closely with writers and directors, stephanie seeks to provide rich, powerful, and authentic cinematic works that aid children through the process of constructing the world that surrounds them.