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STEEL LIBIDO

LOGLINE
Spurred by her tween daughter’s assessment of her sex life (or lack thereof), a single mom goes on a journey to rediscover her own sexuality.

SYNOPSIS
Single-mother Quinn would rather watch Real Housewives than have sex. With her adolescent daughter learning about sex in school, Quinn decides to take matters into her own hands and, with the help of her best friend, discovers a "vitamin" that allows her to go on a journey of self-discovery.

  • Bronwyn Cornelius
    Director
  • Kim Collier
    Writer
    Girlfriends, Half
  • India Osborne
    Producer
    Blade Runner 2049, Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  • Bronwyn Cornelius
    Producer
    Clemency, Never Here, Made In China, Greencard Warriors
  • Gwendolyn Smith
    Key Cast
    "Quinn"
    Wonder Woman 1984, The Bold & The Beautiful, The Young & The Restless, The Price Is Right
  • Sydelle Noel
    Key Cast
    "Sukari"
    GLOW, Black Panther
  • Klarke Elle
    Key Cast
    "Lola"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Dramedy, Slice of Life
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 22, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    21,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Bronwyn Cornelius

BRONWYN CORNELIUS (Director / Producer) is an award-winning, Los Angeles-based filmmaker with a passion for female-driven stories, and projects with impact.

Bronwyn developed and produced critic favorite CLEMENCY, which won the 2019 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, and was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature, and received a BAFTA nomination for Leading Actress, Alfre Woodard. Her films have played at festivals around the world and have won top jury prize at Sundance and SXSW. As an actress and creative, Bronwyn began her training on stage in the UK, and later worked on camera in television episodes, indies and studio features. Her work in feature films began alongside a veteran studio line producer on such Academy Award-winning movies as JERRY MAGUIRE and AS GOOD AS IT GETS.

As a director, she is attached to direct feature films for BCDF Pictures and Company X, and recently directed the short film STEEL LIBIDO with the support of Miramax Films.

As a producer, Bronwyn is developing/producing a book-to-series adaptation with Aldis Hodge and BCDF Pictures based on an N.K. Jemisin duology, as well as a series with TV legend Norman Lear and his company, Act III.

Bronwyn’s other life experience includes several years on Wall Street as a sales trader, and in global public relations and communications in Hong Kong, New York and Los Angeles. She was also a founding partner of Generation 21 / G21.com, dedicated to aiding fulfillment of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals.

Whether directing or producing, comedy or drama, Bronwyn believes in film and TV content as an essential catalyst for social awareness, societal change and personal empowerment.

She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA, and BAFTA, and is Board Chair Emerita of GlobalGirl Media, and remains a mentor to emerging female filmmakers.

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Director Statement

STEEL LIBIDO is a woman’s journey of self-discovery that carries a message me and my women friends and co-creators wish we had been told when we were tweens ready to venture out into the world as young women: real love and true intimacy start with one’s self.

In STEEL LIBIDO, single-mother Quinn is jarred into seeing her adolescent-self reflected in her 12-year-old daughter, Lola. She wants Lola to learn and understand body sovereignty and self-love rather than the fantasy and false beliefs surrounding sex and relationships. But first, like most of us, Quinn must understand who she is, and what's been missing all along.

After decades of self-sacrifice, disappointments, and heartbreaks, it became apparent that personal validation and genuine happiness come from loving oneself first. That is the story I wanted to tell.

I believe we, as a society, could all benefit from facing our fear of intimacy – with self and others. That we may become aware of the distinction between immediate pleasure – generally found from external stimulation – and the lasting gratification that comes from within. For those of us who were not taught those valuable lessons early on, it seems better late than never… and all the better if we can portray such a message through a fun, sensual and heartfelt short film.

STEEL LIBIDO is dedicated to women everywhere.