To date His True Nature made the Quarter Finals of the Moondance Film Festival, received "strong consideration" in the Denver Film Festival, and is screening in the Bare Bones Film Festival in March, 2000.
1. Story Line:
The movie opens with old super 8 mm film of Richard and Sallie as small children. Richard is teaching Sallie to roller skate and Sallie is in hero worship mode.
Back in present time, Sallie and Christine meet at the airport. Chris makes it clear from her arrival at the airport that she is interested in men. Richard's girlfriend Diane befriends the two women when they arrive at the apartment complex, since Richard is at work. The women have a great time together, talking and getting to know each other as well as flirting outrageously at Christine's instigation.
When Richard arrives home, Sallie finds it hard to reach him and rekindle the childhood friendship that she misses so much. There are too many distractions. Christine settles on Richard as the object of her affections, despite his relationship with Diane, and her new friendship with Diane. They go to a party and Diane meets an old high school flame. Diane and Michael, Richard and Chris, circle the room dancing, eyeing each other, changing partners, as Sallie watches the sparks fly.
When they return to the apartment complex, Diane rejects Richard's advances, so Richard returns to his own place . . . where he finds Christine lying in wait. Sallie discovers them in a compromising position and is upset that her college friend betrayed Diane. She feels responsible somehow, and let down by the behavior of two people she trusted. She leaves Malibu prematurely, after cementing her new friendship with Diane.
After a month, Sallie gets a letter from Diane, saying she is going to marry Michael. Then, her other cousin, Richard's sister, tells Sallie Richard is in town and wants to see her. Will Sallie give Richard a second chance? Will Richard redeem himself?
This project is unique because it does not try for some high concept way to grab you. It deals with the human heart. Sallie longs for a connection with her cousin and her girlfriends, as we all long for intimacy and connection with others. From the flashback in the beginning, we discover how she has idealized Richard, even as a child. Sallie sees people as she would like them to be, unaware of their darker side.
Instead of the usual male bonding, in this short film, the females flirt together, become close and deal with betrayal. Sallie's wry sense of humor keeps her going. She is an Every Woman with whom many can identify. And once she discovers the truth, she acts.
This project benefits society because it touches on the place inside us all that yearns to connect with others. This is the part that when vulnerable, can be bitterly disappointed. But it is also the part that, when it continues to reach out, can be rewarded with deep friendship and love. Sallie's ideas about her relationship with her cousin stop her from seeing who he really is. And when she breaks through, she is free to let go of that illusion and pursue more realistic friendships. It is a part of the human condition that our communications are often faulty and our vision clouded by our own desires. But the will to stay open and go after the truth will sustain us in the long run. Because when we shut down, we are closed to love and joy as well as pain and humiliation.