WI/IL Short Slot 1

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Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande

Ships in the Night

Directed by Katherine Bourne Taylor
Narrative Short
USA | 11 min | 2021

“Ships in the Night” follows a young woman coping with the beginning days of this pandemic by “shipping” two fictional, animated characters together (basically, she wants them to kiss). To combat her growing isolation and a strained relationship with her sister, she turns to an online fandom community and begins writing a fanfiction about the characters she is fixated on.

“Ships in the Night” is a dramedy about how stories connect us and transcend the days. It makes a case for escapism, nerd girls and leaning into what you like as a way to cope. It also strives to remind audiences that in a barrage of information, healing is not just a bodily thing.

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I am inspired by women who dare to be weird- and not in an ironic, manic pixie way. Weirdness rooted in passion and purpose. There is something beautiful about that moment when you recognize each other and go, “you too?”, realizing that you aren’t as alone as you thought. I make stories about those women.

Ships in the Night - Katherine Bourne TaylorKatherine Bourne Taylor

Katherine Bourne Taylor is an actor, producer, and creator in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. Most recently, she produced and starred in the short film “Cool for Five Seconds” which premiered at Beloit International and went on to be a selection at over 20 film festivals (BendFilm, deadCenter, Tallgrass, Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, among others), won Grand Prize at Best of The Midwest Awards, and can now be viewed on Omeleto. You also might have caught her in the HBO series, Lovecraft Country, or in a tiny house with Amy Poehler. On stage she has performed with Raven Theatre, The House Theater of Chicago, The Back Room Shakespeare Project, The Gift Theatre, A Crew of Patches and Undermain Theatre (ensemble member), among others. Katherine earned her BFA in Acting at Southern Methodist University and studied with The School at Steppenwolf and the British American Drama Academy. Katherine-Bourne.com for more info!

Film Information

Director: Katherine Bourne Taylor
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 11 min.
Rated: PG


Producers: Jennifer Hoks, Katherine Bourne Taylor
Writer: Katherine Bourne Taylor

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