Know You Twice explores the on-the-ground tensions and upheaval caused by immigration policy shifts through the portrait of a young lesbian couple’s relationship. When Paloma, a NYC raised Salvadorian, learns an executive order has put her residence status in jeopardy, she turns to her girlfriend Claire for help. Claire, a privileged mixed-race graduate, offers to use her resources and network to assist, but Paloma insists on marriage as the only viable solution. As the two try to seek a path forward together, the rift exposes differing class values and social expectations as they grapple with deciding the fate of their relationship.
Directed by Andrew Chan Gladstone
Produced by Andrew Chan Gladstone, Catherine Loerke, and Faye Tsakas
Director’s Bio: Andrew Chan Gladstone is a mixed Chinese-Jewish New Yorker and multi-disciplinary filmmaker. His work is generally focused on outsiders caught in paradoxes of race and class in contemporary America. Besides his short film work, he also produces commercials and television, notably the film “Night of the Mini Dead” for the Emmy-winning third season of Netflix’s anthology series Love, Death + Robots. He currently has a feature titled Imaginary Players in development.
The mundanity of our lives often feels torturous, especially when contrasted with the fantasies we conceive to escape that daily grind. When coupled with the longings and repression of queer love, this despair can become overwhelming. Nevertheless, the very ideas of romance and desire, whether unrequited or fleeting or separated by great distances of time and space, can provide a glimmer of hope in the bleakest of situations. In these films, characters dealing with the everyday experiences of depression, social alienation, the specter of death, and even legal and workplace frustrations are given respite by the sheer beauty of queer connection and potential freedom. Even as we are anchored to the ground by brutal realities, imagination can give us wings to soar.