Best Picks of The Month

When their love wanes after a tragedy, two heartbroken women try to piece together their relationship, highlighting the hardship and dysfunction that arises from trauma and grief.

Director’s Vision

My idea for Sam & Emma came from an urge to represent queer women dealing with issues ranging beyond sexual identity. We’re so used to seeing queer stories revolve around sexual identity and/or the “coming out” process. I respect and appreciate these stories, and they certainly deserve a place in mainstream media. But I do wish there were more stories dealing with hardships outside of these boundaries; ones that represent who we are as women, human beings, friends, and partners. Our sexuality is only a sliver of what defines us. Our journeys aren’t black and white. They’re incredibly layered and nuanced, and there is an entire world to explore beyond how we identify.

In the end, Sam & Emma is a love story. The hardship explored is universal, boundless, and a representation of both queer and human struggle.