On a Whim

Lora is a suffocating beauty aching to experience something physical other than her routine panic attacks. Instead of being supportive, her husband Paul, a rugged elitist, sees her only as his contemporary trophy wife who should be thankful for her position in his life. And tonight, on his birthday Lora finds it harder than ever to keep her cool or move past the continuous comments coming from her husband disparaging her in front of wealthy socialites and Christian, the last minute guest she wasn’t expecting. As she finds ways to maintain her composer, she and Christian reunite more intimately and catch up on times before she married Paul. After revealing truths about themselves to each other creating some instinctive sexual tension, Christian makes a business offer to Lora to have sex with him tonight for 100 bitcoins. Even though Lora is thwarted by this offer she’s determined to keep the night and her plans absolutely perfect.

  • Asya Nikolaeva
  • Pavló Fedorov
    Director of Photography
  • Asya Nikolaeva
  • Unique Cooper
  • Asya Nikolaeva
  • Samantha McGurk
  • Pavló Fedorov
  • Bridget Ling
  • Ilya Misyura
    Sound effects & sound mixing
  • Astronata
    Original score
  • Sophia Del Pizzo
    Key Cast
    Angel Has Fallen, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Robert Chestnut
    Key Cast
  • Joseph Paul
    Key Cast
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    26 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 25, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    60,000 USD
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    United States
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Director Biography - Asya Nikolaeva

Asya is a San Francisco-based film director, originally from Ukraine. After graduating from Kiev Film Institute, she went on to study directing in London, Moscow, and San Francisco.
Asya’s creative ambition is to find the perfect middle ground between the European tradition of storytelling and the large-scale American approach to filmmaking.
Currently she’s working on short films and music videos, while also writing the script for her first feature film.

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Director Statement

I make films because I can’t stop telling stories. Everywhere I look I see and hear unbelievable characters, strange coincidences, curious places, and catchphrases. All of this comes together to form my little magic world, which I am constantly trying to transfer to the screen and make believable, so that others would fall in love with it, too. Cinema helps me look for and find like-minded people, fight fears, broaden my own horizons and try to relax rigid social norms. Please join me in my film-making game, because without it the world is just way too serious!