Strictly Elizabeth’s What Happened To Stephanie? Screening Tonight at LA Punk Film Festival at Beyone Baroque
STRICTLY ELIZABETH’S WHAT HAPPENED TO STEPHANIE? SHORT FILM SCREENING CONFIRMED FOR LA PUNK FILM FESTIVAL TODAY
This is the Seventeenth Screening Event for the Indie Film
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES, CA (FRIDAY OCTOBER 14, 2022) – Strictly Elizabeth’s animated short film What Happened To Stephanie? is confirmed for a screening today at LA PUNK Film Festival at Beach Dancer Films (3401 Pacific Ave,1st Flr, 2B, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292).. This is the seventeenth screening/award for What Happened to Stephanie?
Praise for the film has been staggering. As of October, 2022 it has garnered its seventeenth festival selection/win. The festivals include the Los Angeles Film Awards (Best Music Video), Los Angeles Film & Script Festival (Best Animation), Los Angeles Rocks International Film Festival (Best Animation & Best Editing), the San Francisco Arthouse Short Festival (Semi-finalist), Onyko Film Awards (Best Animation Finalist), Venice Shorts Film Awards (selection), Hollywood New Directors (Honorable Mention), Dances with Films (Downbeat selection) and Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival (Best Domestic Violence Awareness Video). The latest honor is from L.A.’s prestigious LA PUNK Film Festival, celebrating its 6th year. LA Punk has named What Happened to Stephanie? a selection with both the awards and screenings held at Beach Dancer Films tonight.
“I was so lucky to have found Ciro Ayala and Provoke Films, the director and animation production team,” said Jessica Davenport who produced, conceptualized and storyboarded the music video from the EP What Happened To Stephanie? by the band Strictly Elizabeth. “Ciro effortlessly took the script and storyboards I had created and brought this world to life. This film will always be special to me. It has been the spark of life for the world of Strictly Elizabeth and now the light just continues to grow.”
The film synopsis goes something like this : Meet Stephanie and Liz and the rock band they both love, Strictly Elizabeth. Liz is a middle aged woman reflecting on her life and what she has lost. Stephanie is a young, seemingly carefree woman who’s the life of the party. She reminds Liz of her younger self. Secretly, though, Stephanie carries the weight of an abusive and controlling family she is desperate to get away from and Liz wrestles from survivors guilt and painful memories that keep her frozen and isolated. We meet them with their male companions, Zee and Hayden at Happy Hour at a bar called , “Oscillation Friday”. Hayden follows Stephanie into a dark club, where we see strangers in elation from love found on the dance floor but Stephanie finds violence in the face of rejection. In the final scene of “Seduction Trash” at a Strictly Elizabeth show, Liz and Stephanie are both haunted by their memories and the human tendency to re-enact unresolved traumas.
The short film is dedicated to Bessel van der Kolk, MD and survivors everywhere. Stay brave.
Strictly Elizabeth’s album What Happened to Stephanie? was released in 2020, distributed via Downtown Music on Data Water Records.