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Everyday life brings new challenges, new wins, new losses, new highs, and new lows. Everyday we are faced with choices, will we be productive, will we say yes or no, will be be our best or our worst. In the midst of these choices, we stand on the tightrope between them, the bordering lines of the do or don’ts; inevitably waiting to fall on either side. On a particularly burdensome day, Kiana is not exempt from these choices.

On the one year anniversary of her younger sister’s untimely death, Kiana - a struggling writer, is plagued with the ghost of her sister’s memory and the addictions she acquired in the aftermath. We follow, for twelve hours the choices Kiana makes. Her tightrope lies between life or death, sobriety or substance, love or war. From the moment she opens her eyes, she grapples with maintaining her sobriety and self preservation and giving in to her vices and self destruction. Isolated from the world, the time moves slowly as she tries to occupy her mind and her body from the pain that takes over. The only person she’s been able to maintain much of a relationship with is her knight in shining armor Dame, who’s to no avail in her most time of need. She cracks.

After to succumbing to her afflictions she opens the capsule which has been a menacing adversary; only to realize she somehow miscounted her emergency pills. Leaving her empty. In desperation she calls Lo, her best friend from childhood who’s sure to be a good time and a reliable source of anything Kiana needs, including drugs. A perfection distraction. Lo, being a painful reminder of Kayla makes interacting with her difficult, despite their bond. After sharing some laughs and putting on a brave face for her friend, Kiana knows she has to return to solitude. One more minute with her friend and the mask she wears will melt away leaving her exposed.

Sedation. After hours of fighting it off, Kiana surrenders to one side of the line, making a choice. Choosing substance over sobriety. Hours fade away with the sun. The alcohol and pills bring Kiana closer to calamity and further from the memory of Kayla. Survival. Dame appears, finally. His untimely presences eradicating any calm and into a spiral of erratic emotions. Dame, all too familiar with Kiana and her episodes is weary upon arrival. Being the light in her darkness he tries to uplift her mood, but isn’t strong enough to withstand the blows. Caught off guard and ill prepared for this particular day, he defenseless. Kiana implodes. Kiana berates him; his armor worn down from a year of attacks can’t withstand the blows. He retreats. Kiana falls again on either side of the line, choosing war.

Alone and hysterical. With the light gone, there is nothing but darkness surrounding Kiana now. Guilt, hopelessness, and agony torment her mind. Drowned in the overwhelming inconsolable truth of this day; Kiana makes her final choice. On the tightrope between life and death. To continue to fight or lose a never ending battle. On the final borderline, with seemingly nothing to live for, she surrenders. Death over life. Dame returns just minutes later, regretful. He finds Kiana in the bathtub… but is he too late?

  • Alexis Molton
  • Alexis Molton
  • Alexis Molton
  • Alexis Molton
    Key Cast
  • Ezekiel Ajeibge
    Key Cast
  • Albamarina Nahar
    Key Cast
  • Danny Neal
    Director of Photography
  • Disney Hall
    First Assistant Director
  • Danny Neal
  • Bradley Wilder
    First Assistant Camera
  • Jehad Choate
    Sound Design
  • Micah Slay
  • Michael Lubin
  • Aaron Austin
    Sound Mixer
  • Mido Gallardo
    Production Assistant
  • Maria Oyelola
    Production Assistant
  • Crystal E. Green
    Script Supervisor
  • Lisa Flory
    Still Photographer
  • Justyce Smith
    Still Photographer
  • Kayla Rose
    Original Song
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    21 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 11, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    8,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Alexis Molton

Alexis Molton is an Actor, Producer, Writer, and Director. Born in San Diego, California on March 10, 1994 to her father Kevin Molton, of African American decent and her mother Adriana Melo, a Portuguese Immigrant. She is the third born of six children, which shaped her to be rather independent growing up. With dreams from a young girl to be in movies, but being painfully shy, she grew into her star power. After dropping out of San Jose State University, she moved to Los Angeles, California where she studied at the New York Film Academy for a year before beginning her journey in the film industry. Alexis booked numerous commercials before setting off in T.V & Film. She makes her film debut in Lebron James' House Party reboot, coming in 2022. Alexis has also taken on the role of filmmaker with her first short film "Borderlines", as well as a self produced web-series "Anti", which premiered on Youtube in July 2021. Alexis' career as and actor and filmmaker is just getting started and she will be around for many years to come.

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Director Statement

The idea came to me for this film in a time when I wasn't in the best head space. I was in a state of depression and after years of depending on substances to get me through difficult times, was sober. In dealing with losses of my own was inspired to utilize my craft to express myself in a creative, healthy way. It's often hard for us as Black people - Black women specific to my experience, to express our hardships and vulnerabilities; so we remain strong in the face of others, as we are expected to, though we may be dying inside. I wanted to depict not only the strength and resilience of a Black woman dealing with incredible loss and substance abuse, but the raw and heartbreaking vulnerability when that armor breaks. What it looks like when we don't know how to ask for help, so we respond in anger because that's what is familiar, being labeled "difficult" and "crazy". I want the world to see that we are complex and layered; that just as much as we are strong, we are simultaneously soft and vulnerable too.