A tender romance for insomniacs whose stories doesn’t get told a lot, this Filipino queer series “Sleep with Me” starring Lovi Poe and Janine Gutierrez bagged the Audience Award for Best Episodic at the Outfest LGBTQIA+ Film Festival in Los Angeles. The series follows the narratives of Harry, an overnight radio DJ, and Luna, a woman with a sleeping disorder.
Outfest is a queer arts, media, and entertainment organization offering programs designed to increase access, diversity, and visibility for storytellers and audiences alike. They help LGBTQIA+ storytellers overcome barriers to entry into the entertainment industry by providing critical skills, access, and support to both emerging and established filmmakers.
On July 4, Poe announced on her Instagram account the news that the upcoming series directed by Samantha Lee, under Dreamscape and Project 8 Projects, is set to screen in the Episodes section of the 11-day international film festival that highlights LGBTQIA+ stories.
Meanwhile, Director Lee recalled the time she wrote the first few lines of the series, when she was suffering from jet lag when she was in LA for the Outfest screening of her first queer project and ended up writing the lines.
Queer director Lee now expresses her gratitude for winning her second Outfest award. She notably won the Outfest 2017 Emerging Talent Award for her film, “Baka Bukas,” and this was followed by her second feature, “Billie and Emma,” in 2018.
The actresses who played the characters were also happy and proud as they sent their congratulatory messages to the director as well as to the production team via their Instagram accounts.
“Sleep with Me” will be available on ABS-CBN live streaming app, iWantTFC Original on August 15. You can watch the trailer here.