After the death of his partner, Eli turns to the recently deceased’s artist friends for a hand with his immigration, but some of them have ulterior motives.
ESTUARIES is set in 2017, months after a car crashed through the front window of a Los Angeles art space, killing Bdalak, a rising nonbinary performance artist. Bdalak’s partner Eli, a queer Mizrahi musician with a past as an activist in Palestine/Israel, had planned on marrying them for a greencard, and now spends his time adrift, communing with others over his grief and struggling with his visa. He soon meets Myrna, an artist making work about immigration, who he feels can help solve his situation.
Premieres June 2022 – Frameline Film Festival. www.estuariesthemovie.com
Directed by LIOR SHAMRIZ | Written by MATT POLZIN & LIOR SHAMRIZ| Cast: LIOR SHAMRIZ, CHELSEA RECTOR, EMILY LUCID, PETER KALISCH, REBECKA JACKSON, JORDAN G, TAL MEIRI, OSCAR ALVAREZ, HELENE UDY, STEVE TYLER, ATSUKO OKATSUKA, RYAN HARPER LEE, IRIT GIDRON, MARVAL REX, MYRIAM ALI-AHMAD, MAMIE GREEN, MOTI BRECHER, TYLER MATTHEW OYER, MIKKI YAMASHIRO, LAURA STINGER, ELLIOT TUCKER, JASON BLACK & MORE | Cinematographer: CHAPIN HALL| A. Cinematography: Annie Shifflette | Costumes: CAYE YASSWA / Masks: PAGE GREENE| Choreography: ANNA LUISA PETRISKO, DOROTHY DUBRULE| Second Unit Cinemaotgraphy: MATAN PELED | Drawing by STEVIE CHOI | Produced by spektakulativ pictures | Produced by CARY CRONENWETT, SAMMY LOREN, MATT POLZIN, LIOR SHAMRIZ, ALINA ROJAS SOTRES