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Mermaids Have No Tears

Based on "The Little Mermaid", this gritty, queer retelling examines desire as an urban mermaid becomes obsessed with a couple on the beach and follows them home.

  • Lulenoxx
    Mz. Movies
  • Project Type:
    Short Script
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    United States
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  • FilmQuest
    Downtown Provo, Utah
    November 6, 2021
    Top 10 Unproduced Short Screenplays
  • FilmQuest
    Downtown Provo, Utah
    November 6, 2021
    Nominated for Best Unproduced Screenplay
  • Zed Film Festival and Screenplay Competition
    Burbank, CA
    December 27, 2021
  • Filmmatic Horror Screenplay Awards

    February 16, 2022
Writer Biography - Lulenoxx

Lulenoxx (they/she) is a queer filmmaker based in New York City. Their work focuses mainly on the liberation of queer characters and the celebration of all things strange, while spanning the genres of horror, comedy and drama. Their short screenplay Mermaids Have No Tears was featured on the Top 10 Unproduced Shorts List at FilmQuest Film Festival Awards and nominated for Best Short Screenplay. Their television pilot Ethical Non-Monogamy was an Official Selection at The Diversity Showcase and at the New York International Film Awards and their feature film Mz. Movies was an Official Selection at the Macoproject Film Festival and a Honorable Mention at the Finish Line Script Competition. They are alumni of Director's Lab Lincoln Center, Sundance CoLab’s Directing Class, and is a practitioner of Theater of the Oppressed.

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Writer Statement

This story is about forbidden desire, bodily autonomy and the things we can't explain. Scary mermaids have been a passion of mine since I was a child. There is something about the ocean that holds inherent horror and the idea of a queer mermaid was endlessly fascinating. The final piece of inspiration for this short film came while taking the subway from Manhattan to Brooklyn one late night, where the grit of the city that would create the imagery of an urban mermaid story came to life and came together.