Hannah Leshaw is a writer and filmmaker working on a series of short films that explore intimacy both as we experience it and as we wish we did. Weaving fantasy with reality she highlights the way our daydreams are often just shades away from the truth.
The first film in the series, FICTIONAL ME, FICTIONAL YOU, features a self-conscious man who escapes from his loneliness into an elaborate romantic fantasy about his neighbor. It was screened at festivals across the country and won Best Gay & Lesbian Film at the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival and won the Audience Choice Award at the IndieWorks Emerging Filmmakers Series. It was also nominated for Best Gay & Lesbian at the Action on Film (AOF) Festival and for Best Alternative Short at the Bare Bones International Independent Film & Music Festival.
The second film in the series, BLISS, is about a woman who tries to intimately connect with her partner but ends up feeling more alone. It is currently on the festival circuit and recently won Best Visual Storytelling at the AOF Festival in California and was runner up there for Best Short and Best Actress. It also received a Jury Honorable Mention at the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival and a nomination for Best Short at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto. Bliss was an Official Selection at the BendFilm Festival, the Soho International Film Festival, Her Point of View Fest and Girls Together Outrageously in Australia.
Hannah is currently in pre-production on a short that focuses on the intimacy inherent in the act of creating. The film, which is partially funded by a grant from the Bronx Council on the Arts, focuses on two women writing a song together and Hannah worked with her father, a professional musician, to compose the featured song.
Check out this Interview she did with IndieWorks: vimeo.com/congestedcat/insiderseries-hannah