Ghost Woman

A tribute to the comic book of the same name, Ghost Woman is a coming-of-age, budding teenage romance, 90s style fantasy short film. Kyla and Myrica are enjoying their summer romance while dealing with families that won't accept their love for each other.

  • Puppett
    Wedlocked, Glenda, Route 66
  • Stina Pederson
  • Aymae Sulick
    Director of Photography
  • Stina Pederson
  • Dawn Alden
  • Brendan Weinhold
  • Tracy Peyton
  • Angela Acuna
  • Puppett
  • Jacqui Calloway
    Key Cast
    Monogamy S2, I Ship It
  • LaFonda Baker
    Key Cast
    Lucifer, How to Get Away with Murder
  • Eileen Soong
    Key Cast
    Time Out with Eileen & Quincy
  • Brendan Weinhold
    Key Cast
    Liza on Demand
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Supernatural, LGBTQ, Teen Romance
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography - Puppett

Puppett (she/they) is a queer, non-binary filmmaker and actor based out of Los Angeles. Their work has been featured on USA Today, HuffPost, and Puppett's professional directorial debut "Wedlocked" is a short comedy about same sex divorce inequality. Penned by Guinevere Turner ("American Psycho," "The L Word," "Charlie Says"), "Wedlocked" screened in over 40 film festivals worldwide and is now available on Seed&Spark. Puppett's short film "Glenda," a love letter to "Twin Peaks" set 25 years later, premiered at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. She's since directed an episode of the short form series "Razor Tongue," from creator Rain Valdez ("Transparent," "Lopez"), as well as multiple other short films.

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Director Statement

Styled after 90s fantasy shows a la Charmed and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ghost Woman is a taste of family-friendly drama. The story is confined and focused on the characters' interpersonal relationships. At the same time, sound design and score take viewers beyond the immediate circumstances to the imaginings of a lush fantasy world.

LGBTQ people and storylines, particularly QPOC, have long been left out of the fantasy genre, and Ghost Woman answers this with a starring role for a queer woman of color who is seen on screen in a relationship with another queer woman of color. And in a snub to Dead Lesbian Syndrome, both queer characters survive this short film.

This fantastical realm is planted in American soil by contextualizing Myrica and Grace's family history in a country long divided by race. In life, Grace was a black woman married to a white man before interracial marriage was recognized nationwide. This is echoed by her great-granddaughter Myrica, who is queer and has a girlfriend. This young couple lives in contemporary America, where nationwide same-sex marriage equality is in its infancy and states continue to fight against the legislation.