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Tensions arise between a pair of roommates while awaiting the result of a pregnancy test.

“Thank You For Being Here” is a film about honesty.

When my roommate Nick (who plays Jude) sent me the script, I was immediately drawn to its familiar dialogue and the unique character our location played in the film. My challenge as a director was an important one, how can we utilize such a small space to make it both visually interesting and tonally dynamic for twelve minutes? Since we were limited to shooting during a specific time of day where the sun went through our window, my focus in pre-production was blocking rehearsals. I wanted to make sure each character’s movements were motivated and mirrored their dialogue while creatively using every square space of the bathroom.

Having lived with a various number of roommates the past few years, I saw myself in this friendship and connected to its rollercoaster of dialogue between Jude and Michelle. It’s a relationship that’s honest: comedic, argumentative, gentle, abrasive, empathetic.

For me, this film felt reflective of our current environment. Navigating friendships, especially during the pandemic, hasn’t been easy. We’ve been forced to confront our feelings with close friends and family members while in close quarters. “Thank You For Being Here” showcases that despite our disagreements, we can still take care of one another.

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Based in Los Angeles, Elizabeth Archer is a left-of-center director + writer who creates stories rooted in vibrant, stylized worlds and has a funny bone for offbeat, comedic filmmaking. Her cheeky sensibility, visual aesthetic and playful tone breathes life into both her narrative and commercial work. She explores the absurdities of modern life from an emotional palette of both subtle, nuanced performances and hilarious physical comedy. During her time in Los Angeles, Elizabeth has worked for companies such as Hello Sunshine, Netflix and most recently, as a treatment designer at PRETTYBIRD. She has directed dozens of comedic short films, sketches, music videos and commercials - most notably for Spotify, Visible | Verizon Wireless and her first national broadcast campaign for Copper Cow Coffee. She is currently in post-production on a web series starring Keke Palmer for KeyTV. When she isn’t writing her bio in third person, she enjoys listening to true crime podcasts and visiting urgent care for her seasonal allergies. Elizabeth is signed across the board at 42 Management & Production for directing/writing, at SLMBR PRTY for U.S. commercials and as a freelance treatment designer at the Betterment Society. Commercial Representation: Sarah Donnenberg, SLMBR PRTY Literary Representation: Chloe Morris, 42 Management General Inquiries: emarcherproductions@gmail.com more...

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