A queer girl from Chicago named Trinity huffs the contents of a magic aerosol can and develops the ability to talk to the dead. She seeks the counsel of a variety of spiritual healers in order to figure out how to control this ability and what it means to her.
Trinity questions the common scepticism and need to “debunk” people’s spiritual experiences that are considered unconventional according to organized religion. She meets an array of different people including a priest, drag queens, and a reiki practitioner, who all teach her their individual practices. (All of these characters are based on real artists, queers, and healers living in Chicago.) Once Trinity develops her strange ability, she struggles with the power it brings her, finding herself tempted to give in to her newfound fame.
The story highlights queer, trans, people of color, and other marginalized people who are largely underrepresented in films. These characters have non-hetero/mainstream relationships such as Dominant and submissive (D/s) and other kinky relationships. This film is not specifically about these relationships but sheds a positive light and representation on these often shamed and taboo consensual relationships and draws a comparison to religious and spiritual practices and BDSM.
MOLLY HEWITT is a writer, director, performance and drag artist. In her work Molly imitates, dissects, consumes, and re-enacts her surroundings. Unraveling the mechanisms and meanings of cultural text to be reused in an illuminating or empowering way. Molly makes work about sexuality, performing femininity, objectification, food, and desire. Attempting to relate, understand, and subvert through imitation.
Molly’s short film Maggie’s Problem was an official selection of the Chicago Underground Film Festival and won Best Art Direction at the North Portland Unknown Film Festival. You can watch the film on www.watch.troma.com
More at mollyhewitt.net and @glamhag on instagram.