Hetero and homo worlds collide when a produce manager compares apples to oranges searching for a fruitful connection.
The path to finding love isn’t always ‘straight’. Bi The Way is a dramedy playfully exploring the fifty shades of gay with unapologetic portrayals of love with labels and love beyond labels, recognizing one group in the LGBTQ community that can often feel overlooked: bisexuals. Lead by prop symbolism and quirky dialogue, this story takes place in the day to day life of a decisionally challenged woman named Lola. She is a buyer/manager of a produce department at a supermarket who is navigating her way through male and female relationships in search of a byproduct everyone wants; love and happiness. It’s about her everyday life as a woman back in the dating market, it’s about her friends, family, work, and all the laughs, tears, and f-words along the way. (Btw that's bleeped out f-words.)
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is a software developer who works for Macintosh Computers in a small cubicle in an office next to Lola's work. He has been offered an amazing job opportunity in New York City, home to his favorite baseball team and where his new swanky office window would overlook the big apple. However, he is reluctant to take the job because Lola is the apple of his eye. Kinsey Scale: 0
Our main character is a produce manager of a grocery store who is decisionally challenged whether it's as simple as choosing between apples or oranges or as complex as choosing to date men or date women. She's sexy... [ties a cherry stem knot with her tongue] Also funny... [slips on banana peel] She can bake... [makes an apple pie] And tries hard to be smart.... [analyzes nutritional content of oranges and socially conscious sources oranges to sustainable orange grove in the tropics]. Kinsey Scale: 3
is an aspiring artist and barista at a cafe next to Lola’s work. She enjoys long romantic walks to the bar and hopes to be walking there hand in hand with Lola. Ginelle often feels like the orange sheep in her family. Never following the herd, she reminds Lola that when life hands you lemons, make orange juice. Life will be all like whaaaaat? Kinsey Scale: 6
is Lola's charismatic friend. He is also her co-worker at the grocery store by day and talented modern dancer by night. No one laughs harder at his own jokes than his own self. He drives everyone bananas at times, but once you get to know him, you’ll have a hard time peeling yourself away from him. He is openly gay but admits he would switch sides for Beyoncé. Kinsey Scale: 4
is Lola's unemployed, hippy-ish sister and roommate. She can spend six hours cleaning her room and never make a dent, but she would give Lola the bra off her back, in fact, she already has. Jess considers herself a 'lipstick lesbian' ever since that kiss one time with another woman on day three of a music festival while on E, but in reality she is more like the cherry chapstick version. Kinsey Scale: 2
is Adam's geeky, younger co-worker. He converted his old blueberry Mac into a tropical fish tank. If you want to have a long conversation with him, start talking about Star Wars and it’ll never end. Marcus most likely has a serious case of blue balls as he’s holding out for his ‘Princess Leia’. He also wants to move to another planet one of these days. No, really. Kinsey Scale: 1
is Ginelle's non-conformist BFF and ex-girlfriend. They made a great ‘pear’ but are better off as friends. She used to smoke a lot of weed, but now she just pulls them as she owns a landscaping business called Yardcore maintaining the grounds at the shopping center Lola, Adam and Ginelle work at. She will gladly trim your bush and shake your trees. Kinsey Scale: 5 Probably a 5, if she was willing to take the damn test.
is a measurement tool to describe a person's sexual orientation. It ranges from 0, for those who would identify themselves as exclusively heterosexual with no experience with or desire for sexual activity with their same sex, to 6, for those who would identify themselves as exclusively homosexual with no experience with or desire for sexual activity with those of the opposite sex, and 1-5 for those who would identify themselves with varying levels of desire for sexual activity with either sex, including "incidental" or "occasional" desire for sexual activity with the same sex.
A girl sits at a lemonade stand, downs a lemonade & bites the lemon wedge on her cup making a sour face & smiles revealing the peel. LOLA V.O: One of the most annoying sayings, ‘When life gives ya lemons’ & ya finish the saying. Don't know bout you but I wanna make anything but lemonade with my lemons. Plus if life doesn’t give ya sugar & ice, your lemonade’s gonna suck. A woman sits at a bar, licks her salty wrist, shoots tequila & bites a lemon making the same sour face & lemon peel smile. LOLA V.O: Or maybe ya haveta take life & the lemons it gives ya with a grain of salt & shot of tequila.
LOLA V.O.: By the way... [pause] I'm Lola. And yes, I’ve had that “Copacabana” song stuck in my head my whole life. I hate how it’s always stuck in my head. But I do like getting that “Copacabana” song stuck in other peoples’ heads. In fact, did you know that her name was Lola? Did you know that she was a showgirl? (REMIX OF COPACABANA SONG BEGINS.) [pause] Anyway… Usually when just one person b*tches non-stop for more than two minutes you can call it a monologue, this isn’t suppose to be a monologue so I should shut up already and just try to enjoy the so-called ‘fruits of life’.
Adam & Marcus are working in their office cubicles. (DETAIL: Apple Computers.) MARCUS: How’s things going with Lola? ADAM: Yeah good! I mean, we still haven’t made it to 1st base yet. But… have ya ever wondered if she might be into women? MARCUS: Oh yeah, she’s got 5 solid bars of Bi-Fi. ADAM: Bi-fi? Like as in bisexual? Aren’t bisexuals just more or less… confused? MARCUS: Yeah, confused by your prejudice. Multi-variable calculus is confusing as hell. So’s the political situation in the Middle East, & quantum mechanics &… SUPERVISOR: [interrupts passing an envelope] Hey Adam, this is for you.
The art gallery is packed but Ginelle sees Lola standing alone up against the wall with her back to everyone & she approaches her. GINELLE: Why ya hiding back here? LOLA: Oh, I’m not hiding. GINELLE: Really? Making love to the wall then? [laughs] LOLA: [laughs] No, no, the wall is... not my type. GINELLE: [laughs] So what is your type then? LOLA: I seriously, have. No. Idea. Not that guy over there. [points with her eyes] He keeps staring at me. GINELLE: [spots him] That creepy guy in the corner? He’s totally eye raping you. LOLA: [laughs] I know right? GINELLE: Come on, I’ll buy ya a drink.
The back door flies open next to Ginelle and Lola, Jess leans over the balcony and proceeds to vomit excessively. An outrageous amount of vomit continuously splats on the concrete. Lola helps her sister & takes her away from the crowd of people who watched the puke show. JESS: [slurring] I’m sooo embarrassed. I drink-ed too much. LOLA: Drink-ed? Nice one. LOLA: In alcohols defense you’ve done some pretty embarrassing things sober too. JESS: [stumbles as Lola keeps her steady] Remember when I gave you the bra off my back? LOLA: How could I not, you bring it up every time we’re drinking.
CHAD: Let me get this straight, you’re not a lesbian but your girlfriend is? Nothin' straight about that! Ya know, ya can't eat your cake & have it too. LOLA: What? I totally can. The only way I can eat cake is if I have it. CHAD: That’s not how the saying works. Ya can’t have it both ways. If ya ate your cake ya won’t have it anymore. LOLA: Um, well even then ya still totally have it. In your stomach. Where it’s safest. That’s why drug smugglers always eat condoms full of heroin. So ya can have your heroin & eat it too, I mean, once ya leave the airport & sh*t out the condoms & sort thru it.
Guess what? Despite the growing acceptance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered or Questioning (LGBTQ) community, LGBTQ representation still remains considerably limited relative to its size so there’s a lot of demand for LGTBQ content out there. It’s also a very supportive community with one of the most dedicated fan bases. For obvious reasons Bi The Way will cater to the LGBTQ community, particularly the “B”. But whether you’ve got Gaydar, Bi-Fi, or Tran Scan, there’s a little something for everyone.
Have you ever used the word "adult" as a verb like the following statements: “I cooked a meal today, I’m adulting.” “They actually expect me to adult for 8 hours every day?” “I’m adulting, I put on pants today.” “I’ve decided I don’t want to be an adult any more. If you need me, I’ll be in my blanket fort, coloring.” “Please don’t make me adult today. Today I want to cat.” Bi The Way is about a group of friends who are adulting Millennials (born after 1980) close to the cusp of Generation X (born before 1980). This film is meant to entertain Millennials also doing their best to adult.
Do you fall into Generation X (born before 1980)? In other words, did you go from watching ‘The Brady Bunch’ to ‘Melrose Place’ but have a deep love for ‘Orange Is The New Black’? If you can recall the excitement of walking into your bi-weekly computer lab session and seeing a room full of Apple 2Es displaying the start screen of Oregon Trail, you’re probably a member of this generation, and Bi The Way is geared towards entertaining Gen X-ers.
Did you know 2015 broke the record for Vancouver Island Film and it’s looking even more promising for 2016? It's been a well known fact that Vancouver earned the nickname "Hollywood North" a while back, but now, Vancouver Island in being referred to as "Hollywood South Island". There is a supportive network of film makers on Vancouver Island at both the professional and amateur level. Plus, locals get very excited showing their support to filmmakers. Because seriously, who doesn't like watching beautiful actors on the screen or on set?