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FEELING FLUSH

Vicki idolizes her new girlfriend Samantha, but draws the line when it comes to her time on the porcelain throne. Their small bathroom gets awkward when Samatha challenges Vicki’s definition of intimacy.

  • Erin Brown Thomas
    Director
    Rekindled
  • Erin Brown Thomas
    Writer
  • Kelly Vrooman
    Writer
    Rekindled, Relationship Deli
  • Erin Brown Thomas
    Producer
    Shedding
  • Kelly Vrooman
    Producer
  • Kelly Vrooman
    Key Cast
    "Vicki"
    Rekindled, Relationship Deli
  • Scout Durwood
    Key Cast
    "Samantha"
    Mary and Jane
  • Beth Napoli
    Cinematographer
    Rekindled, Echappé
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Dramedy, Romance, LGBTQ+, comedy, drama
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 3, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Cleveland International Film Festival
  • Sedona International Film Festival

    Arizona Premiere
  • Phoenix Film Festival
  • Portland Comedy

    West Coast Premiere
    Nominated: Best Rom Com
  • Inside Out
    Toronto
    Canada
    International Premiere
  • Crested Butte Film Festival

    Colorado Premiere
  • Hollyshorts Film Festival

    Local Premiere
  • Coronado Film Festival

    California Premiere
  • Cordillera Film Festival

    Nominated: Best Female-Directed Film, Best LGBTQ Film
  • Pittsburgh Shorts
  • Seattle Queer Film Festival
  • Mardi Gras Film Festival
    Sydney
    Australia
    Australian Premiere
  • Maui Film Festival
    Maui
    United States
    Hawaii Premiere
  • Queer Screen's Mardi Gras Festival
  • Short. Sweet. Fim Fest
  • Omaha Film Festival

    Nebraska Premiere
  • Wicked Queer: Boston's LGBTQ+ Film Festival
  • Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival
  • Hell's Half Mile

    Michigan Premiere
Director Biography - Erin Brown Thomas

Erin Brown Thomas is a dynamic director, writer, producer, and editor who's collaborated with heavyweight talent including Selena Gomez, Eminem, Tony Hale, Lena Dunham, Emmy Rossum, and Elisabeth Moss and tentpole companies such as HBO, Netflix, Refinery 29, A Casual Romance, MTV, Snapchat Originals, and Makeready. Her films have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and have been curated by Vimeo. 

Erin has directed over a dozen award-winning films which have screened in 92 festivals worldwide, including 14 Oscar Qualifying events. Most recently, the experimental "But First" placed her as an Artist in Residence at Palm Springs International ShortFest. She was also selected to participate in the DGA's esteemed Commercial Directors Diversity Program.

Erin’s screenplays have advanced at Sundance New Voices, the Academy’s Nichol Fellowship, Austin Film Fest, and Blue Cat Screenplay competition. Her pilot “Managing Life” was enacted via UCB's selective “Let’s Table This” lab. Erin is currently in pre-production for her lauded original screenplay Italy ’99. 

When not on set, Erin dangles from the air as an aerial acrobat. Thus, she also founded a viral-hit prod. company, Versatile Assassins which tells complex stories about the human experience through aerial dance. Her youtube has quickly amassed 62k subscribers and over 7M views.

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Director Statement

Relationship defining talks often masquerade as discussions around seemingly smaller issues. In FEELING FLUSH, Vicki is much less confident in her budding relationship with Samantha. The imposter syndrome she feels causes her to put walls up (and be more confident peeing with walls between them).

I wanted to take the audience through Vicki's experience, diving out of her comfort zone with a roommate and into something vulnerable and open with a new partner. To do this, I kept the dialogue very platonic at the head of the film, and allowed the details of their attraction, and their budding relationship to develop over the course of the 10 minute short.

One of my favorite things about FEELING FLUSH is the 50/50 response I've gotten from people during our test screenings. Half the people side with Vicki and say "persevere the intimacy" the bathroom is not a place for couples to share. Half the people say "the benefit of intimacy is sharing everything" and side with Samantha. I'm excited for the conversations this film will start about intimacy and security in relationships.