Not Like The Other Girls

A cop/mother must find the killer of a young girl in order to make peace with her troubled past.
Detective Margaret “Maggie” Sullivan is on a leave of absence from the NYPD due to her psychological issues with her own experience with childhood sexual abuse and the unsolved case of the rape and murder of a young girl. Her Lieutenant sister, Maureen has asked for Maggie’s help on a new case that is strangely familiar, but can Maggie find the killer or will she allow herself to be dragged down again by the memories of her traumatic past?

  • Lain Ewing
  • Ginger Britt Daniels
  • Ginger Britt Daniels
  • Ginger Britt Daniels
    Key Cast
    Kate and Leopold
  • Andrea Marshall Money
    Key Cast
    Passing Thru
  • Adam Noble
    Key Cast
    "Bill Lancaster"
    Bottled Up
  • Emy Coligado
    Key Cast
    "Alexis Cummings"
    Malcolm in the Middle
  • Samrat Chakrabarti
    Key Cast
    "Tom Shaffer"
    The Sinner
  • Brandon Haynes
    Carol Crawford
  • Ethan Startzman
    Carol Crawford
  • Kristian Otero
  • Project Type:
    Short, Television
  • Genres:
    Drama, Mystery, Suspense
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 17, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K
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Director Biography - Lain Ewing

Lain Ewing (She/Her) is a director whose work explores human connections through dark optimism, the struggle of self, and redemption. She gained her voice as a filmmaker after working abroad at a movie studio in the Philippines. It sparked her curiosity for imagery, style, and presenting the ordinary in an extraordinary way. Lain has completed three narrative shorts: 60MG, a film about mental health, Red Flags, a film exploring missing the signs around us; and Sirene, an award-winning short about making your own luck. Her work has received high praise and earned her Best Director at Marriott's 2019 CRN 48-Hour Film Challenge. In addition to her short films, Lain has directed branded content for YMCA, Yelp, and Anthem.

Currently, Lain is assistant to Director Kevin Bray (Succession, Insecure, Suits) working in episodic television and is in the 2020 WIF Mentoring Program for Directors. Her professional relationship with Bray and other T.V. directors has offered her the opportunity to learn what goes into prepping and directing an episode of T.V. Lain has shadowed on Snowfall, Blackish, Insecure, and The Morning Show. Outside of television, Lain is passionate about volunteering and has directed live theatre for "Homeward LA," a project addressing the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles.

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Director Statement

I wanted to direct Not Like The Other Girls because of the themes of redemption and struggle with self. The film is driven by Maggie, who is multidimensional, complex, flawed, and relatable. I have always had a special place in my heart for British crime dramas, and Ginger (She/Her) (the writer and lead actress) and I wanted to explore that world with this story. Ginger was inspired by Happy Valley and Broadchurch while writing. Sarah Lancashire is her favorite actress. However, we wanted to take these ideas and create a stylized naturalistic crime mood in New York, where the story is located.
Ginger shared her personal experience that inspired the story. It touched me that she could be vulnerable and speak out. It challenged me to work in the crime and action genre with multiple storylines and complex characters. The caliber of talent I worked with also pushed me to explore the challenge of acting as a director.