The Feature Film “Lola’s Last Letter,” written, directed by, and starring Valerie Brandy, is set to have its world premiere at the famed TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood as part of the Competition Lineup at Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles, California on June 5th 2015.
The film follows a girl named Lola (played by Valerie Brandy), who is a 22 year old ex-con completing her community service by picking up trash on the side of the road. Shot in the found footage style, the film serves as Lola’s apology letter to a mysterious man named Henry. Through her video antics, which range from darkly humorous to heartbreakingly honest, we discover a girl who’s full of contradictions.
Who is Henry, and why can’t Lola let go?
As part of the movie’s outreach, the filmmakers have collected thousands of anonymous apology letters from fans on social media. The letters are posted daily to the film’s social media with a still from the movie, and are kept completely anonymous. The apologies feature headlines such as “I’m Sorry I Killed Your Cat and Lied About it Being an Accident,” and “I’m Sorry I Fell in Love With Your Boyfriend.” The posts can be viewed on the film’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or on their official website: http://www.lolaslastletter.com/#!apologyletters/ci77
“Lola’s Last Letter” was made on a micro-budget, and marks a directorial debut for Valerie Brandy, who also wrote and stars in the film as Lola, alongside Annamarie Kenoyer (“The Fosters,” “Southland”) and Travis Quentin Young (ABC Family’s “Teen Spirit,” “Devious Maids”). As an actress, Valerie is best known for her recurring role as Trixie on FX’s emmy-nominated series “Justified.” Her first feature – length screenplay was named a quarterfinalist in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowships (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) when she was just twenty years old, and her second screenplay, “Elizabeth Blue is Otherwise Engaged” was purchased by Sunrise Films the following year. Valerie is one of the youngest female members of the WGA, and is currently adapting a YA novel called “The Summer of Naked Swim Parties,” which she is also attached to direct. She is repped by the Gersh Agency, RED Talent Management, and SMGSB. “
The Dances With Films Festival is now in it’s 18th year, and is one of the most highly attended film festivals in Southern California, with more than 12,000 attendees each year. The festival is regularly tracked by Entertainment leaders, and has a reputation for discovering the best new directors and filmmakers on the indie scene.