Th3m is a good example of indie media – and of an independent media maker — forging a new path. The project, a TV pilot that works as a short film and as a web series, plays out a bit like something akin to less glossy, more inclusive version of The L Word or Lovers and Friends. The story of several friends (most of them African American) living, loving and working through their issues, it’s a sexy, lo-fi production that serves to introduce the world to filmmaker Tye Green.
We begin with a shot of Nicole (Constance Anderson),lying in bed with her wife, Cameron, (played by Mysnikol Miller), staring up at the ceiling. “It never fails. Just as I’m about to drift off to sleep, words start dancing in my mind.” She gets up and goes to her nearby computer, and starts typing, dear-diary style. She’s fed up — unhappy in her relationship, feeling under appreciated and, frankly, bored.
Cameron finally lures her back to bed, beginning one of the many love scenes. The film is peppered with them — complete with delicious lighting and music. But it’s never just about sex — Cameron and Nicole argue right after their lovemaking, and it’s evident that Cameron is feeling just as unhappy as her partner.
Nicole and Cameron
We meet the two party animals, Traci (Chantel Sings) and Jasmine (Bethany Ford) at a bar, discussing recent conquests. Both women are bisexual (though that doesn’t come into play much in the pilot), gorgeous and successful. Jasmine is involved with a married woman, a point that comes back to bite her in the proverbial rear quite quickly.
As much as she’s a player, Jasmine is loyal to her best friend and roommate, Ali (Tana Matthews). Ali is quiet yet ambitious – a butch woman who dreams of starting a clothing line aimed at the LGBT community, a goal she and Jasmine are working towards. Things get complicated when her girlfriend comes on to Jasmine — blatantly — and Ali walks in at an inopportune moment.