Fran This Summer explores first love between a teenage couple whose other half wishes to transition.



director's statement

Fran This Summer is about teenage love birds, sensitive Francis and skater girlfriend Angie, as they spend the summer shacked up at home while Fran begins their transition. Fran and Angie must face who and what they mean to each other when they make their way to the beach and their love is on display for the world to see. The story is about acceptance and the sacrifice one makes for love and ultimately self-love. For me, what is fascinating about first love is the immensity of love one feels for the other and how sometimes it is impossible to be with them on their journey of growth and self actualization despite all that love--these nuances are what I wanted to explore and dramatize in my film.

- Mary Evangelista


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Zenobia Teague “Fran”

Zenobia was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up upstate in the Hudson Valley. She relocated back to Brooklyn after graduating college, continuing her work as a freelance hairstylist. She became involved in queer nightlife in Brooklyn and now has the skillsets of a performer and showgirl, dj, host and model under her belt. Fran This Summer is her first major on screen experience.


Emilly Bessa "Angie"

Emilly was born in Brazil and raised in Spain. In 2016, she moved to the States with her family where she works as an actress and model. Emilly stars in “Fly” a new music video from Kinky, a popular Mexican rock band, which has been featured on MTV. She also skateboards, doodles and does photography.


Leyla Ulerio “Max”

Leyla Ulerio has been modeling since the age of 4 years old, being booked for major brands like Versace, Ralph Lauren, and Ugg. She recently finished a web series for Warner Bros' Scooby-Doo. She is also a hip hop dancer, and is part of the Synergy Dance Company in Englewood,
New Jersey. She is represented by Anna Estrada, of TTA Models & Management, Inc.




Mary is an NYC based Director, Cinematographer, and Producer. She blurs the lines between personal drama, fantasy, and fiction ever since she got hold of her first 16mm camera as a teenager. Starting with filming her brother's dalliances into the drag queer world of San Francisco all the way to shooting an underground night-club in Shanghai or a romantic drama in Uganda for other directors. Mary received her MFA at NYU Tisch School of the Arts for Writing and Directing where she was the recipient of the prestigious Tisch Graduate Fellowship for Cinematography and a Wasserman Finalist for her short film called Ina Nyo. With her work, she pursues distinct and transformative stories full of bullish heart and levity.

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Inés Gowland is a writer, director and cinematographer based in New York City. She has a MFA in filmmaking from New York University. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Inés studied Cinematography at Universidad del Cine and performed stand up comedy in theatres in Buenos Aires for over five years. In 2013, she moved to New York, where she attended the NYU Graduate Film Program at Tisch and received her MFA. Inés is the recipient of the Nestor Almendros Award for Cinematography, and a finalist for the Banhemann Award for Cinematography. Her short film “Latiner” won Best Film at the Official Latino Film Festival. She is currently in Post Production for a short film, “Destete”, shot in Argentina as an NYU/Universidad del Cine co-production, starring Germán de Silva (“Wild Tales”, “Las Acacias”).



Alan Wu is a filmmaker based in New York City. He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and later moved to California, where he studied Drama at Stanford University. Afterwards, Alan directed Halsted, an award winning feature-length documentary that aired on PBS about one of the world’s most prominent surgeons and his addiction to cocaine. He is currently pursuing an MFA at NYU’s Graduate Film Program where he makes films that explore the multifaceted nature ofthe human condition.



Alexandria Wallace is a Brooklyn-based Director and Writer pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The Florida State University in Tallahassee with an honors degree in English Writing, Editing, and Media. She has a love for humidity and hopes to incorporate its thick atmosphere in all her films. She enjoys telling stories about place and shifting family dynamics.



Elegance Bratton is an award winning photographer, filmmaker, public thinker, and author. His work has been published in Vice, GayLetter, The Fader, and Another mag. His film "Pier Kids The Life" has been featured on ABC NEWS, Huffington Post, and Out Magazine. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a combat cameraman. His short film Walk For Me has played in over forty film festivals and won best short at The Ann Arbor Film Festival, Wicked Queer, New Hampshire Film Festival, Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and has been chosen by the Frameline Film Festival to be a part of school curriculums nationwide grades 3-12. He’s a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in African American Studies, and a Master’s candidate in Tisch School of the Arts for directing and writing.



Chester Algernal, is a costume designer and producer. Chester has costumed 3 Lionsgate feature films and 17 shorts. As a producer, Chester’s films have played in over forty festivals worldwide including Outfest, Reykjavik International Film Festival, and New Orleans Film Festival. This self-taught Maryland native has a passion for helping make powerful stories that capture the imagination and inspire.