White and Colors

When her girlfriend abruptly calls off their five-year relationship, a young woman has until the laundry dries to make her case and salvage their love story.

  • Maju Cancella
    Director
    Nilton Santos, Mismatch
  • Maju Cancella
    Writer
    Holy Sh**, Mary!, Mismatch
  • Stephanie Byers
    Producer
  • Luciana Mello
    Key Cast
    "Ellie"
    2119, LA PSYCHO
  • Shannon Godwin
    Key Cast
    "Meg"
    Fake the joy, Accounting for Love
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 6, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 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:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Silicon Beach Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
  • ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival
    Shanghai
    China
    Finalist
  • A Rebel Minded Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    Semi-Finalist
Director Biography - Maju Cancella

Maju Cancella is a Latinx writer and producer based in Los Angeles, California. Her screenwriting experience includes documentaries, short films, web-series, new media, and branded content. In 2009, she wrote and directed the feature documentary "Nilton Santos," a film about the Brazilian footballer of the same name. Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, she moved to the US in 2014 to begin her third professional journey, after having worked as a video editor and a marketing executive for one of Brazil's leading soccer Teams, Botafogo FR. In 2018, her short film "White and Colors" was a finalist at the ShanghaiPride Film festival, and her short screenplay "Tommy and the Geometric Figures" won the Best Short Screenplay Award in the Chicago Genre Screenplay Competition.

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Director Statement

White and Colors is an intimate look into the sad and lonely journey through the end of a love story. It’s about the beautiful relationship Meg and Ellie shared and their realization that after five years together, they will no longer follow the same path. Through the girls’ eyes, the audience navigates the different stages of grief, going from denial to anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance.
The script originated from a short story written by Maju Cancella, and the transition to the cinematic format brought two new and very important aspects to the tale: first, the location where the story is set. The Laundromat is the ultimate symbol for beginnings and endings, things that go through a process that causes change but keep their true essence. In the film, the Laundry Zone becomes the perfect setting for the narrative, with its peculiar spaces, splashes of color, and hidden messages.
The second change was making the break-up between two girlfriends. When writing and sharing the script, Cancella found people would often attribute their own notion of gender stereotypes to the characters’ behaviors. She, however, wanted to share a story that goes beyond gender or sexual orientation; it’s about people in and out of love. Ellie and Meg’s love is a representation of any and all types of relationships.
The most important message the film aims to convey is that relationships don’t have to last forever to be real and beautiful. The feelings and experiences shared by a couple remain with them forever, and that is the true eternal love. "White and Colors" tells the story of a break-up, but it’s really an ode to love.