About the Project
We’ve seen enough shows and movies about women trying to find the (usually heteronormative) love of their lives. Here to Make Friends is about finding the platonic love of your life, in the form of a Big Friendship. After an ego-shattering friendship breakup, when Nora realizes she’s outgrown college bestie Sloane in her thirties, Sloane spirals, realizing the void she’s been feeling all her life is from her struggle to maintain those Strong Female Friendships that winery tours always seem to advertise. She makes it her mission to find a new best friend, come hell or Ranch Water.
Hell comes first, when Sloane follows Nora’s car to the Planned Parenthood parking lot and discovers she’s been dealing with an unwanted pregnancy. Sloane’s overcome with emotion… that Nora asked some dumb new friend to be her abortion designated driver instead of Sloane, fierce defender of women’s reproductive rights. Sloane ends up all alone, acknowledging that she needs to get her friend-shit together.
About the Filmmaker
MEGHAN ROSS (DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER)
Meghan Ross is an Austin-based writer/director/comedian who was selected for 2022 Women at Sundance | Adobe Fellowship and Sundance Episodic Lab 2021-2022 for her comedy Here to Make Friends (also her personal tagline). Her shorts made The New Yorker’s Best Shouts of 2020 list, and she was nominated for The Webby Awards for If You Ever Hurt My Daughter, I Swear to God I’ll Let Her Navigate Her Own Emotional Growth, featuring narration by Jon Hamm, and her writing has appeared in Reductress, VICE’s Broadly, TV Without Pity, The Toast, and other defunct but beloved sites. She hosted the late-night show That Time of the Month for 5 years and is currently Head of Creator Success at Seed&Spark. Most importantly, Meghan’s an aspiring stage mom to her rescue pit-lab, Dreidel.
JUSTIN ROSS (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER)
Justin is a director, producer, and founder of Brave Makers production company. Notable works include producing a segment for Montefiore Health System featured in the Robin Hood: Rise Up New York live TV special, as well as an interview produced for The Today show. He’s directed national campaigns for organizations like Girls Leadership and directed livestream red carpet events at Tribeca Film Festival. Watch The New Yorker shorts directed and produced by the Ross siblings here, which have been featured on The New Yorker’s Best Shouts of 2020 and nominated for The Webby Awards 2021.