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Love, Sick

A couple discover they have a rare-genetic condition that makes them allergic to each other and so must decide between facing the hazardous pain of being together or suffering the agony of being apart.

  • Christopher Klimovski
    Director
  • Mia Conway
    Assistant Director
  • Christopher Klimovski
    Writer
  • Mia Francois
    Producer
  • Kendra McNulty
    Key Cast
    "Leila Mallum"
  • Keean Sabbah
    Key Cast
    "Diego Amare"
  • Terrence Montgomery
    Key Cast
    "Doc"
  • Steven Mastorelli
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 9, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    32,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 16mm, Super 8
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Christopher Klimovski

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Klimovski is an Emmy award-winning Producer and a Webby and Telly award-winning content director who has developed some of the highest scaling digital content series for legacy brands such as Vanity Fair and Vogue.

Klimovski has written and directed his first narrative short LOVE, SICK (2021) which has been submitted to the 2022 festival circuit.

He produced a documentary film series along with the ACLU and Little by Little Pictures called "Trans in America" which chronicles the trans experience across region and age demographics. The episode "Kai Shappley: Texas Strong" won a 2018 News and Documentary Emmy Award.

Klimovski's work is informed by the intersectional nature of his experiences across his Queer identity and continental upbringing.

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Director Statement

I wrote and directed 'Love, Sick' because I wanted to create a challenging relationship dynamic that drills down into the universal experience of toxic relationships. Being Queer means I've witnessed my fair share of complex, toxic dynamics. I mean, we’ve either been in a dysfunctional relationship ourselves, or know friends and loved ones who are in them now.

And even though we’ve seen many films tackle themes such as codependency, gaslighting, love bombing, and emotional manipulation, the reversal of gender-norms and healing tactics place 'Love, Sick' in both a familiar and foreign territories.

The overarching takeaway from the film is that no matter the bizarre circumstances Leila and Diego find themselves in, it will always ring true that the idea of what a relationship once ‘was’ tends to override the reality of what a relationship currently ‘is.’

'Love, Sick' was also an opportunity to create a medical dynamic that shadows the behaviors of medical professionals during the AIDS epidemic in the 80s. I feel like the sheer absence of treatment and empathy towards Queer people during this time is made clear to cis-heterosexual viewers watching Leila and Diego navigate an invisible force that seemed to target specifically them. In the film, the pair are treated as Queer couples were at the time: with an air of indifference to their wellbeing.