Lie Next to Me

A polyamorous couple finds their marriage called into question after their loyalty to each other is tested by diverging expectations.

Inspired by a true story, “Lie Next to Me” is a melancholic relationship drama that deals with the hardships of confronting a failing marriage with someone you still love.

  • David Legel
    Director
    Roses for Ms. Jacobs, I Can't Save You
  • Andy Agula
    Writer
    Roses for Ms. Jacobs, Capitol Joe
  • David Legel
    Producer
  • LeGrand Love
    Producer
  • Holly McDowell
    Key Cast
  • Elizabeth Clary
    Key Cast
  • Chanel Kinery
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Romance, LGBTQ+
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 10, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Columbia College Hollywood
  • CINEMA DIVERSE: Palm Springs LGBTQ+ Film Festival
    Palm Springs
    United States
    September 25, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - David Legel

David Legel & Andy Aguila are a filmmaking duo & childhood friends who have dedicated their lives to the arts.

David is a dyslexic filmmaker with an Irish-Jewish background who grew up in poverty and temporary homelessness among the streets of downtown LA. After years of sacrificing everything, he and his single mother eventually built a stable life that allowed him to explore his passion for the arts. David now dedicates himself to communicating the diverse perspectives learned during his youth. He holds over a decade of education and work experience in the industry and remains resourceful even under the most bleak circumstances.

Andy Aguila comes from a Latin-Native American background and grew up in the San Fernando Valley under poverty and an unstable learning environment. Andy eventually found healthy outlets to give his life structure when introduced to the arts. With a background in illustration and animation, Andy has since grown a passion for expressing his diverse voice as a filmmaker using his pre-existing skills.

Their complementary philosophies & work experience ensures the development of balanced, marketable, thought-provoking entertainment in film & television. David & Andy are a team that believes good things come to those that make, not those that wait.

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Director Statement

Hot off the back of finishing "Roses for Ms. Jacobs" early, Andy and I sought to take our leftover budget and time to create one last thesis film while attending Columbia College Hollywood.

While our previous film was a technical and creative achievement, its confrontational and boundary-breaking theme narrowed our reach. Looking to prove our marketability, we chose a sincere and relatable follow-up film that challenged us in ways we could have never anticipated. The technical and logistical hurdles, including the Covid pandemic, made the hope of completing this troubled project a mere fantasy. After returning to it a whole 2 years later, work began to creatively solve the films underlining issues.

Despite our initial lack of confidence in the project, endless hours of work led to what we now feel achieves our original goal. A tightly packed, slice of a life that seeks to respect and embrace our original inspiration, while leaving room for audience interpretation. Despite its troubling journey, we are proud to have endured and overcome our shortcomings to achieve a goal we had, for some time, lost sight of.