Lauren Beatty, Lee Marshall, Aris Tyros
Lee Marshall, Amelia Moses, Mariel Sharp
Supported by: THE TALENT FUND by Téléfilm
After the August 26th screening, join us at 8:30pm for a live Q&A with Director Amelia Moses and Actors Lee Marshall and Lauren Betty
With BLEED WITH ME, her feature debut, director Amelia Moses invites us on an intimate cabin trip where boundaries and relationships collapse. Rowan (Lee Marshall), a shy and awkward young woman, struggles to integrate herself on a weekend getaway with her best friend, Emily (Lauren Beatty) and her unfriendly boyfriend, Brendan (Aris Tyros). Feeling like a third wheel, she drinks to calm her nerves, pushing her body and mind deep into a hazy trance, where she begins to witness nightmarish late-night visions that make her feel increasingly unwelcome, unsure and unstable. A slow-burn thriller with arresting visuals, BLEED WITH ME, captures a vulnerability and discomfort as it explores issues related to self-harm and social isolation. Set against a wintry backdrop, BLEED WITH ME uses the limits of a small budget to its full potential.
Since her iconic, bloody short film UNDRESS ME, screened as part of Fantasia’s BORN OF WOMAN showcase, Amelia Moses has tested the lines of personhood, sexuality, and violence. As her characters become increasingly uncomfortable and anxious with their bodies, their emotional journeys propel them to feel increasingly alienated and into states of physical and spiritual annihilation. Rooted by an introspective performance by Lee Marshall, the film draws us deeply into Rowan’s world and the specific discomfort of feeling like you don’t belong. As paranoia encroaches, the line between reality and fantasy begins to collapse. Is Rowan experiencing a psychotic break, or is her best friend not to be trusted? – Justine Smith
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