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Something Like Intimacy

A timid young woman attends a costume party and rediscovers true intimacy in ways she doesn't expect.

Jessica, a striking yet timid woman stands alone at a halloween party while people mingle. Her phone rings, revealing her Mom on the line. Jessica tells her how she is still settling in and trying to make new friends in the city, like the boy who invited her out. She returns to the party to find the boy, Jamie, a definitive finance bro, playing a drinking game with his wild friends. Jessica, intrigued by Jamie's social life agrees to something more intimate and joins him in his room where a disappointing sex rendezvous leaves Jessica feeling used. Alone again, Jessica meets Catrina, a city girl who has seen Jamie play his games and offers her a word of caution. Jessica is in denial about Jamie until she finds him making out with another girl. Catrina and Jessica decide to ditch the party and become fast friends leaving Jessica hopeful for her future.

  • Grecia Aguilar
  • Grecia Aguilar
  • Judy Febles
  • JW Short
  • Britney Wittes
    Key Cast
  • Sara Gutierrez
    Key Cast
  • Jonathan Connolly
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Romance, coming of age
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Japanese
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Director Biography - Grecia Aguilar

Grecia is a Mexican-American director with a focus on exploring human connection and identity. Originally from Chicago she packed her bags and moved to New York City in 2015. There, she worked as an office PA for Dickinson S2 and on several productions as a script supervisor, Clams Casino, What She Said, and most notably, Ask For Jane.

Her film Brooklyn Street won best narrative at the 3 minute Santa Barbara film festival and her short Portrait of a Young Woman screened in several film festivals. She is currently working on her first feature film about her roots in the streets of Pilsen, Chicago.

With Something Like Intimacy, she hopes the message of the story transcends the film and inspires people to be vulnerable with themselves so that they might grow and be vulnerable with others.

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Director Statement

I have always wondered what intimacy means broadly but also what it means to me personally. Dating in my early twenties, I though intimacy came from a romantic partner like many women are sold to believe. Yet from various experiences and tribulations, I have learned that real intimacy can come from any relationship.

To me, intimacy means being vulnerable with someone and growing together from that vulnerability. That being said, you can have intimacy with just about anyone; a mother, a sibling and even a friend. At the end of Something Like Intimacy, my main characters Jessica and Catrina share a deep conversation that leads to a stronger bond. That was always going to be the end of my film and through numerous rewrites, the ending never changed.

As a filmmaker with such an unrepresented perspective, I want to connect my community with the world and tell our stories. Not just of struggle but of relatable themes that we all go through as human beings such as loneliness. This production was an intimate collaboration with many Chicago-based POC filmmakers who all have the passion to create films with important stories. As a collective, we hope to reach a wide audience but more personally, I hope to reach young women like me and get the message across that it’s okay to be vulnerable.