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Read Between the Lines

Synopsis

A socially-anxious college student makes multiple attempts to ask out the bookstore clerk that he has a crush on.

Review

5/5
A charming gay themed rom-com about courage.
Written and directed by Adante Watts, ‘Read Between the Lines’ is a short LGBTQ+ themed romance film that explores a young gay man’s apprehension at asking his crush out on a date. Set entirely in one location, a Barnes & Noble book store, the film delves into themes of friendship, courage, anxiety, sexuality and repudiation. Despite the films romantic plotline, the short is elevated by its enthralling comical underbelly.

Starring Nicholas Di Prima as the central protagonist, Carlos, the plot explores his growing audacity with the support of his best friend, Amari (portrayed by Zephaniah Terry). Additional cast include; Jackson Beard, and Bayley Wolff as the romantic interest. An endearing watch with an authentic narrative conclusion.

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The 14-minute rom-com opens with Carlos, an anxious college student, observing his crush (Milo) at his place of work – a popular book store. Throughout the narrative the film probes at his lack of courage, combined with his yearning and trepidation in asking Milo out. Amari, Carlos’ former crush and best friend, acts as his personal cheerleader – building up his confidence with a delicate push.

Adante Watts has delivered a charming short with splendid performances all round. Cinematography, sound, post-production and lighting are of industry level quality that will help to maintain audience engagement. Technicality aside, this adorable short succeeds in its exemplary character development, witty dialogue and terrific casting. Highly recommended.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Adante Watts
Writer(s): Adante Watts
Cast: Bayley Wolff, Jackson Beard, Nicholas Di Prima, Zephaniah Terry
Producer(s): Adante Watts, Keelan Bearden
Director of Photography: Keelan Bearden
Animation (if applicable):

Specifications

Genre: , ,
Country:
Language: English
Year: 2021
Runtime: 14 min

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Adante Watts
Writer(s): Adante Watts
Cast: Bayley Wolff, Jackson Beard, Nicholas Di Prima, Zephaniah Terry
Producer(s): Adante Watts, Keelan Bearden
Director of Photography: Keelan Bearden
Animation (if applicable):

Specifcations

Genre: , ,
Country:
Language: English
Year: 2021
Runtime: 14 MIN
Animation:

Recommended

Read Between the Lines

Synopsis

A socially-anxious college student makes multiple attempts to ask out the bookstore clerk that he has a crush on.

Review

A charming gay themed rom-com about courage.

5/5
Written and directed by Adante Watts, ‘Read Between the Lines’ is a short LGBTQ+ themed romance film that explores a young gay man’s apprehension at asking his crush out on a date. Set entirely in one location, a Barnes & Noble book store, the film delves into themes of friendship, courage, anxiety, sexuality and repudiation. Despite the films romantic plotline, the short is elevated by its enthralling comical underbelly.

Starring Nicholas Di Prima as the central protagonist, Carlos, the plot explores his growing audacity with the support of his best friend, Amari (portrayed by Zephaniah Terry). Additional cast include; Jackson Beard, and Bayley Wolff as the romantic interest. An endearing watch with an authentic narrative conclusion.

Read Between the Lines Short Film e1668625216294
The 14-minute rom-com opens with Carlos, an anxious college student, observing his crush (Milo) at his place of work – a popular book store. Throughout the narrative the film probes at his lack of courage, combined with his yearning and trepidation in asking Milo out. Amari, Carlos’ former crush and best friend, acts as his personal cheerleader – building up his confidence with a delicate push.

Adante Watts has delivered a charming short with splendid performances all round. Cinematography, sound, post-production and lighting are of industry level quality that will help to maintain audience engagement. Technicality aside, this adorable short succeeds in its exemplary character development, witty dialogue and terrific casting. Highly recommended.

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