BUNGALOW BLUE FILMS
LAST GIRLS' TRIP
LAST GIRLS' TRIP
Three life-long girlfriends, Mary, Lisa and Ilene, take a trip to the beach to celebrate their friendship. Unlike previous girls trips, this one is bittersweet as Mary has been tasked with helping Lisa end her suffering from stage 4 cancer, while Ilene, unaware of the pact, experiences anguish and denial, refusing to cooperate.
Dusty Noval was inspired by a dear friend's battle with cancer. This fictional story was first told on stage at the Sam French OOB Short Play Festival in NYC in August 2019.
The project went through several phases. During the Covid-19 years, Dusty derived a feature film from her short play, which was then shot using iPhone technology. After post, it was agreed that the video and audio were lacking, and that the feature would serve as a proof-of concept.
Several of the folks that weighed in on the feature, admitted to being drawn in by the story. It was suggested that we shoot a short film, Dusty then wrote the short screenplay, found a Milford Connecticut beach house for rent, and in May 2022 the short film was shot.
MARY FINN (Dusty Noval) is a person driven by duty and loyalty. A gay woman who came out after a long heterosexual marriage, she struggles internally with following through on her promise to Lisa. Mary has been secretly hitting the bottle after a long period of sobriety. She has been unable to find the courage to tell Ilene that she, too, must assist in fulfilling Lisa's final wish.
ILENE SILVERSTEIN (Naomi Elice) has been Lisa's chemo companion through several years of treatment. She is a devoted mom and wife who has made selfless sacrifices for her family and friends. Ilene has been clinging to hope that Lisa will recover. Blindsided, to the pact made before embarking on the trip, Ilene is thrust into emotional turmoil.
LISA RIGOLI (Jackie Krim) is a life-long smoker who has lived her life on her own terms. Lisa's freedom came to a halt when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She has forfeited more chemo and radiation and has chosen to end her days in the company of her two best friends,. The hefty ask she has bestowed upon them creates a heartbreaking challenge for all three women.
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