Director BIO: Simone Neviani (AVA)

Grown up in a little town in Italy where he could not express his creativity, he decided in 2015 that it was time to take his leap of faith. Once relocated to Australia he spent over a year learning the language. Eventually had his first debut on stage in 2017. After few years spent on stages as an actor as well as a director. In 2019 successfully won a scholarship for the Summer Intensive Program at The Atlantic Acting School in NYC and starred in his first US Tv Series called Double Cross.
Since 2020 he decided to grow further and decided to dedicate all himself into creating stories as a full time filmmaker.

Director Statement

AVA’s story comes originally from the heart of my friend and writer Christina Sloan. My interest in telling such story comes from the implementation of my own personal experiences within the original story itself. Starting from the exploration of patterns of self-doubt that I had in my previous loving relationships throughout my 20s, where I struggled to simply let myself love somebody and be vulnerable.
Moreover, I wanted to include a supernatural element, that also happened to me, represented by the Out of Body Experience, which reflects the parallel uncertainty and conflicts of our minds, versus our bodies.

This is a coming of age short story of a young girl, Ava, who has been accustomed to a seemingly-perfect relationship with her boyfriend, Jackson. She finds her truth by letting herself fall into concealed emotions felt over her best friend Devon.
Unsure of the outcome of such actions, she will try to explore the ultimate answer by experiencing an altered reality with the help of a device that will allow her to have a controlled Astral-Travel (Out of Body Experience). This will allow her to separate her consciousness from her physical body and test the “What ifs” of one of her internal conflicts.

The portrayal of such uncertainty and its desire of delving into this surreal projected future by dividing herself in half, is represented by the split symmetry and balance of the picture and within the title itself.
The picture comes to a conclusion with its closing shot of Ava’s “subconscious half” kissing Devon whilst her own “physical half” has been witnessing the whole projection from the comfort of her couch while wearing the bracelet of Astral Travel.

By lgbttorontofilmfestival

Festival occurring twice a year. In Toronto in June. And in Los Angeles in September. Showcasing the best of LGBT Short Films and Screenplays from around the world.

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