Based on a personal essay that was published in the LA Times by director/writer, Lisa Donato, FOXY TROT is a lighthearted, romantic comedy about a lesbian couple who take beginning ballroom dance lessons in Austin, TX. Kat and Milo, two fiercely independent women who have been together for five years, decide to mix things up and take their monthly date night to a local dance studio. They are the only same-sex couple in attendance, but the heteronormative instructor divides the class into two groups: men and women. When the men are asked to step forward as leads, Milo and Kat both step forward. After a series of thumb wars to compete for lead position, they are faced with their relationship power struggle and allow their insecurities to manifest all over the dance floor.
FOXY TROT is a whimsical, arthouse film with a colorful ensemble cast of comedians. It uses dance as a metaphor to explore the conflict of control in any committed, romantic relationship and the absurdity of archaic masculine and feminine gender roles. The film aims to shed light on language inclusiveness while power-struggling lesbians pioneer their foxtrot across traditional ground.
About the Director
Lisa Donato is a writer, director, and activist from Billings, Montana and based in Austin, Texas. Her award-winning work has screened at hundreds of film, music, and art festivals worldwide. The first feature screenplay that she co-wrote, SIGNATURE MOVE, received the Tribeca All Access fellowship and world-premiered at South by Southwest (2017). Her short documentary, RECLAIMING PAKISTAN, won jury prize for best Social Impact Media video (2016) and her short comedy, SPUNKLE, will be part of The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival (2017).
Other story and directing credits include shows for National Geographic Wild, The Oprah Winfrey Network, PBS, published personal essays in the LA Times, Self Magazine, Curve Magazine, Whole Life Times, 5280 Magazine and multiple short films and music videos.
She founded the independent film studio, Sparkle Motion Films, which specializes in bringing innovative social awareness to marginalized communities. Her mixed-media project, HOBO SALON, provides free haircuts and beard trims for Austin’s homeless community and collects personal experiences of homelessness through filmed interviews. She collaborated with community artists and activists Kate Proietti and Roni Chelben to beta-test and premiere the work at the Cohen New Works Festival on University of Texas at Austin (2017). She’s also working with actress and recent stroke survivor, Maggie Whittum, to make a feature documentary about the courage to heal called THE GREAT NOW WHAT. New short film projects include THE NEWS TODAY, inspired by the Orlando tragedy at Pulse Nightclub, and Austin Film Society-sponsored, FOXYTROT, a comedy narrative about same-sex ballroom dancing.