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A (non)love story set in a world where singles must wear red and couples are attached by chains. Cody, a lonely shop boy, becomes entangled with a woman who is already in a bound relationship and discovers the lengths he'll go to click in.

  • Chad Sanders
  • Amanda Cowper
    Woman of a Certain Age, Driver Ed, Late Night with Seth Meyers
  • Chad Sanders
  • Mary Beth Minthorn
    Good Time, Uncut Gems, Mistress America, It Comes at Night
  • Elizabeth Skadden
    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  • Sydney Morton
    Key Cast
    She's Gotta Have It
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  • Genres:
    Dark Comedy
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 45 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Amanda Cowper, Chad Sanders

Amanda Cowper is a Brooklyn-based director and producer. Her directorial debut Woman of a Certain Age premiered at Tribeca Film Festival N.O.W 2017. “Woman…” won the Best of Fest and Audience Award at the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston. The following year she directed Driver Ed which premiered at Tribeca N.O.W 2018. Amanda is the Field Producer at Late Night with Seth Meyers and has produced 250+ sketches. She is a founding member of The Belly, a group of women comedy directors and producers working in New York City. She co-created and produces the popular podcast "Girls on Porn"

Chad is a Brooklyn-based screenwriter and author. In 2018, his first TV series, The Archer Connection was picked up by Spike Lee as Executive Producer and bought by BET. Chad's first feature film, Homecoming, was purchased by MTV Films in 2018 and he co-wrote episode 4 of Free-Form's "Grownish". His first book, Black Magic, was published by Simon and Schuster in early 2020 and explores lessons learned through black suffering that can be applied in business. Chad has written contributing Op-Ed's in the New York Times, Teen Vogue and Time Magazine covering different aspects of the Black experience. He is currently a writer on Issa Rae's forthcoming "Rap Sh*T".

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Director Statement

As a mid-thirties, single white woman and a black man living in gentrified Brooklyn, we found common language in loneliness and isolation. We have built an informal caste system around coupling where internet showmanship is used to promote compliance and shame singles. In Thirdy, our isolated main character is Cody, a black man in an increasingly white community, who sees a chance to be valued by attaching himself to Tea, a black woman who is light enough to pass and seems to have found her way to acceptance in their frosty, surreal community. But to fit into Tea’s life, Cody will have to contort himself into uncomfortable relationship parameters. Like many of us, Cody is willing to suppress himself to be accepted and loved. But the cost of inclusion becomes unbearable and ultimately leaves Cody alone, dragging the emblem of his failure.