Synopsis

A Magical Realist Present Day Fable for The People

In the spirit of Run Lola Run & Amelie, BORN THAT WAY, is a live action drama peppered with animation that’s set in NYC & Tanzania & best described as a ‘Magical Realist Present Day Fable for the People.’

When depressed visual artist Sophie, the now-grown child of white Christian missionaries to the Maasai tribe in Africa, impulsively but deliberately runs a red light & crashes her bike in Washington Square Park, she is saved by two people simultaneously but separately, at which point, the world around her splits into parallel tracks. In one world, she starts to fall for Daniel, a black NYC councilman (with a secret), and in the other world, she tries to make sense of her growing feelings for Jill, a raised white county singer who’s come from Mississippi in search of her father.

And in both realities, all three characters must face their past to make sense of the present & open their wounded hearts back up to love.

Blending live action, animation, documentary, and a Fisher Price PXL2000, “Born That Way” explores identity, judgment, and perspective in the age of the selfie.