Jamie is a young woman living in rural Indiana struggling to figure out her place and identity. When she inadvertently stumbles across a frequency on her ham radio and makes contact with astronaut Noa currently orbiting Earth, the two women are presented with the opportunity to find meaningful connection, even while worlds apart.

Director’s Vision for ‘Static Space’

Static Space explores themes of connection, and the power of being heard. We live in an isolating time, and that has been true well before the pandemic ever made it literal; for decades, we have mastered separating ourselves from our neighbors – with screens, politics, and flags. Yet, while filmed during the dystopian-esque time of 2020, this movie does not make mention of a worldwide pandemic, nor the modern sociopolitical issues and divisions that permeate the fabric of our world.

Still, Jamie and Noa’s feelings of isolation and their yearning for humanity amidst chaos speaks to our specific moment in history. Any viewer can feel a kinship with both of them, as we see flickers of what we’ve all been through during the COVID era. We yearn for them – for us – to find that trust and joy and intimacy that comes from sharing your innermost thoughts and dreams. That kind of connection with even a stranger can give us clarity into ourselves; listening and validating people’s experiences can be a precious gift, and sometimes the deep connections we establish by simply holding space for each other can change our lives.

While this universal theme of connection is prevalent, the fact that Noa and Jamie’s friendship blossoms into a romance also specifically centers queer love. Too often queer love stories foreground trauma, or focus on adversity, but normalizing same-sex attraction begins with gentle stories where no explanations or apologies are needed. It is neither the purpose of the film, nor an accident. It is representation. In this film we see the fragility and miracle that is any connection of two souls.

And in that, we see a relationship we all can root for.