If you live in the NYC area, Split is something that is a must see. The team of Split is entirely female, and the on-set crew is as well. Recently, the pilot episode premiered in Toronto as a part of T.O. WebFest and now it’s coming to New York for two more festival screenings in June.
A Synopsis of Split
You may be wondering, what is Split about? Easy enough, The Daily Fandom can tell you all about it. Sammy, a 13-year-old main character, make a crucial decision. After auditioning for a drama high school, Sammy has to make a decision that might split the path of her life into two.
Flash forward to twelve years: in one world, Sammy is now grown-Sammy. A confident up-and-coming actress in a turbulent relationship with her girlfriend. However, in another world, she is Samantha… an eager assistant director living comfortably with her longtime boyfriend.
An In-Depth Chat With Split
What makes this web series intriguing is the idea of two possible paths that one might take in life. Have you ever thought about what would happen if you took a different path then the one you are at today? Split takes place over ten days in two parallel realities.
At 13-years-old, Sammy receives a letter from the school’s admission committee. Her reaction to it causes a split in her world, sending her off on two alternate timelines. One as Sam and one as Samantha. They are entirely two different people.
Sam, an actress, is on a hopeful career track. She is in rehearsals for a new play in a leading role. Sam can be prone to emotional extremities that sometimes make her self-centered. Nonetheless, her on-and-off again girlfriend, Emma, is losing patience with her. The Samantha that is the assistant director, is reliable.
She gradually realizes her role on the sidelines of the rehearsal process no longer satisfies her creative desires. Samantha has a hard time sticking up for herself, often times, very good at taking in other people. Her stable and boring relationship with Matthew provides little comfort.
A Much-Needed Reality Check
As both of these realities play out, the series continues to jump back and forth between the two worlds. The Sam and Samantha world both. Split’s narrative themes make it clear that whichever path we choose, the universe will offer us opportunities to meet the people we are meant to meet and tackle the challenges we are meant to face.
While both versions of Sammy each begin their different journey’s, they both end up in a special place by the last episode. Do we get more than one shot at our destiny? Is there more than one path to get to where we need to go?
Where Do We Go From Here?
Split is not your typical 80s teenage trope. The 20-year-old struggling through young adulthood. It is set in a universe with dashes of whimsy and a slight feeling of magical realism. Like we stated before, all the cast is female (mostly). But, what is great too is that three of them are LGBTQIA+, just in time for PRIDE month this Split is something we ought to support.
Not only that, as you may have noticed before, the main character is LGBTQIA+ as well. It is a part of who she is and it’s not something that needs to be the most interesting thing about Sammy. You can find Split on all social media, however, they use Instagram and Facebook more than Twitter.
If you live in the NY area and want to see this masterpiece, you can find more information below:
Wednesday, June 6 at 7pm
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue
New York, NY
Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival
Saturday, June 23 at 7pm
Wythe Hotel: Screening Room & Bar
80 Wythe Avenue