November 20, 2019 at 12:20 pm PST | by John Paul King
Queer Christmas rom-com aims to fill need for representation

Image: Tello Films

“If you don’t see what you want,” says filmmaker Christin Baker, “then make it!”

That was the spirit behind her film, “Season of Love,” a lighthearted rom-com featuring a large ensemble cast of diverse women and their connected love lives during the hectic holiday period just before Christmas through the New Year who discover love truly is the best gift of all.

Written by Kathryn Trammell, and directed by Baker, the movie brings together some fan favorite actresses from classic LGBTQ films and current television shows, including Dominique Provost-Chalkley (“Wynonna Earp”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Jessica Clark (“True Blood”, “A Perfect Ending”), Emily Goss (“Snapshots”), Laur Allen (“Young and the Restless”), Janelle Marie and  Sandra Mae Frank (“Deaf West’s Spring Awakening”, “Daybreak”).

It comes as a response to the lack of representation for queer women – especially queer women of color – in the holiday films created every holiday season by traditional and streaming networks. These seasonal romantic comedies consistently fail to create meaningful stories from the queer perspective. While some movies hint at queer stories, explicit LGBTQ+ stories remain rare.

Provost-Chalkley says, “I’ve always wanted to do a Rom-Com movie, but if you’re going to do a Rom-Com why not do one that’s going to push the boundaries a little bit and gives this beautiful community what they so deserve, a happy ending.”

“It’s a ‘Love Actually’ for our community,” comments Jessica Clark.

“We talk a lot today about diversity on screen but it’s also important to talk about diversity behind the camera.  Season of Love has a queer female writer, director and producers that shape the voice of the film and it rings so true to a queer woman’s experience because we have queer women all over this cast and crew. It’s a delight to be part of that,” says Emily Goss.

“Season of Love” has three theatrical screenings scheduled with cast and crew:

Los Angeles, November 21 (7pm @ The Landmark 10850 West Pico Boulevard)
Nashville, November 26 (6:30pm @ Watkins College of the Arts 2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd)
Seattle, December 9 (7pm @ SIFF Film Center, 305 Harrison St.)

If you can’t make it to one of those, you’d better not pout. The film is available for rent and/or purchase here.

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