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Directed by Erin Brown Thomas
Narrative Short
United States | 10 min | 2023

Two people on a first date mask and ignore their insecurities until an event forces them to say what they’re really thinking.

“Highlights at the 2023 Indy Shorts International Film Festival”Roger Ebert

“Emerging filmmakers empower audiences at Heartland’s 2023 Indy Shorts International Film Festival” Cinema Femme


In ‘,’ First-Date Drama Reveals the Perils of Ranking Trauma
By Tim Molloy, November 3, 2023, MovieMaker

I’m drawn to not-so-romantic comedies and cautiously optimistic endings. I’d like to think we as humans can break free from our past and the patterns holding us back.

explores the way in which we find this strength — through vulnerability.

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subtext - Erin Brown ThomasErin Brown Thomas

Erin Brown Thomas is a writer/director who makes sad and haunting comedies. Her characters rarely get what they want, but always get what they need.

As a director, Erin’s films and pilots have won awards at Oscar Qualifying festivals such as Hollyshorts and Cinequest, as well as top prize at Catalyst Story Institute. Dozens of other festivals have celebrated her work including AMPAV at Cannes, Austin Film Festival, Cleveland International, and Palm Springs Shortest where she was selected as an “Artist in Residence.” Erin was also a 2020 finalist for Shondaland’s Women in Film Mentorship program through SeriesFest.

As a writer, Erin’s work has advanced in many contests and programs including Ron Howard’s Imagine Impact, Sundance New Voices, Sundance Development Track, Scriptapolooza, ScreenCraft Comedy, Austin Film Festival, BlueCat Screenplay, and ISA Fast Track. Her feature “The Body of Chris” is trending on the Coverfly Red List and is a 2022 Semi-Finalist for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship.

In Erin’s (not so distant) former life, she cut films for other talented filmmakers including Emmy Winners Richard Shepard, Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner, and Elisabeth Moss.

Erin is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Salute Your Shorts Film Festival.

Film Information

Director: Erin Brown Thonas
Country: United States
Year: 2023
Language: English
Runtime: 10 min
Rated:  PG-13


Writer: Olivia Haller
Producer: Olivia Haller
Cinematography: Beth Napoli
Editor: Joe Siebert

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