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After throwing up a flower, Lily seeks help from her mother and learns she may have inherited a disease called Hanahaki – a form of unrequited love.


Writer-director M.G. Evangelista (they/she) was born in Manila and raised in the Bay Area. Their NYU thesis short film, FRAN THIS SUMMER, is an LGBTQ summer love story that premiered at Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest before playing in thirty film festivals worldwide. Other short works, INA NYO, LA GLORIA, BLOOD HANA, and VR piece WATER MELTS, have also played internationally, including at Toronto's Inside Out, Rotterdam, Miami, and Palm Springs. Their debut feature film, BURNING WELL, currently in development, has just been invited to attend the renowned Torino Feature Film Lab 2022. It is a recipient of the Tribeca All Access grant, a WIF x Sundance Finance Intensive Fellowship, and an Array x Google production grant. IG: https://www.instagram.com/graceinthematrix

  • Runtime
    15 minutes
  • Director
    M.G. Evangelista
  • Screenwriter
    M.G. Evangelista, Lexington Rivera
  • Producer
    Cecilia Meija, Flo Mitchell Brown
  • Cast
    Emily Jamel, Emily Bessa
  • Cinematographer
    Ines Gowland
  • Editor
    Karishma Dube