Liz Baxter’s Short Film “Female Connection” Explores Vulnerability in Love

Liz Baxter’s Short Film “Female Connection” Explores Vulnerability in Love

By Jasmine Lowe

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Female Connection is a short film directed by Adrienne Levy and written by Liz Baxter, the first openly lesbian contestant on Love Connection. The short, which was inspired by personal experiences, creatively explores the beauty of falling in love, allowing oneself to be vulnerable, and being able to put yourself out there.

The idea for Female Connection came about after Baxter’s audition and selection for the rebooted season of the show, Love Connection. She began creating YouTube videos and sharing content after her appearance on the show and got the idea to create the short film after watching other music videos and content with LGBTQ representation online.

“I’m always interested in seeing what lesbian content is out there, and there were a couple, like the Ruby Rose short film and a couple of music videos from bands that I liked, and I thought they were so cool,” said the activist, who is dedicated to promoting women empowerment, diversity, and inclusion. “I really liked the wordless element, and I thought it would be interesting to make a short film of sorts that kind of feels like a music video but isn’t. I knew I had a few good stories and I just had gone through a heartbreaking experience, and it’s kind of cathartic to write about it.”

“If more people from the LGBTQ community share their story, then more people can be represented.”

The film dives deep as it explores the relationship of two women, one who identifies as a lesbian, and the other who seemingly identifies as straight at the beginning of the story. The “straight woman” ultimately falls in love with the other woman but doesn’t fully allow herself to form a more serious connection.

Baxter tells this story from one of her own experiences. Her story ended differently than a lot of the other mainstream stories about the culmination of same-sex relationships where one person, who may not identify as a member of the LGBTQ community, is afraid to give their heart entirely to the other person.

“The lesbian doesn’t always have to be the one that gets their heart crushed,” said Baxter referring to the commonly seen ‘straight girl falls for gay girl’ story. “They could move on, and there’s always something better. The one that ends up having to deal with the pain is the other person because they are not willing to be authentic, or they don’t have that same closure. They are always wondering that ‘what if?’ For me, there was no, ‘what if,’ because if somebody’s not willing to show up and be there, then there’s nothing there.”

Baxter aimed to increase the representation of different LGBTQ experiences by telling her own story. She encourages other creators of different walks of life and with different backgrounds to tell their personal stories as well.

“There are so many different experiences, and they are not always the same,” said Baxter. “I figured it couldn’t represent everybody, but it can be relatable to some people, and I think that no matter what your story is, whether it was seen or heard before, that it’s important that people continue to put more content out there that represents what their life is because the chances are that other people have experienced it as well.

Just because something has been done doesn’t mean that we have to stop doing it. Just think about how many straight love stories are out there. People still love it because it’s relatable, and I think it’s important because we have a story to tell too. The more content that we put out there, the more relatable we are with our different faces and different types of people. If more people from the LGBTQ community share their story, then more people can be represented.”

Some of the best advice Baxter gave about those interested in following their passion for creating something and sharing their own stories was to take chances, find support and community where you can, and to continue putting oneself out there.

“I always say that starting small and getting that support from your friends and family first is important,” said Baxter. “You have to listen to the people who are supportive and ignore the ones who are not. Even if a couple of people hear your story and can relate to it, I think it’s worth it. You should be proud of whatever you have to say and not worry about what everybody else thinks, and not have expectations for what’s going to happen when you put it out there.

You’re putting yourself out there, and people are going to have opinions, but it’s worth it when you get a message from someone saying that they’re from the middle of nowhere and I showed my mom this video, and it’s helped me.”

Female Connection, which was written and configured into a format that resembles a music video, uses the track “Stay a Little Longer” by Lost Boy Crow throughout the film. The short is set to screen at the Florence Queer Festival October 2nd through the 7th in Italy and at the Barcelona International LGBTQ Film Festival October 18th through the 28th.

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