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Writer-director Elizabeth Wood’s debut film White Girl is based in her own story of moving from Oklahoma to New York after high school: young, a bit innocent but brash and eager for new experiences. Played by Morgan Saylor, the film’s central character is bleach-blonde, chainsmoking Leah who moves to Queens with her best friend (artist India Menuez) before her second year of college and interns at a magazine in the city. When her hookup with a neighborhood Puerto Rican boy, Blue (rapper Brian ‘Sene’ Marc), ends with him in jail for selling drugs, she takes it upon herself to free him. The eponymous white girl becomes this double-entendre: Leah coming to terms with her whiteness and its inherent privilege while she parties, sees a lawyer, and does and sells copious amounts of cocaine.
Throughout the film, a hand-held camera focuses almost exclusively on Saylor, watching her reel through euphoric, private and terrible moments with the feeling of cinema verité. Her experience is incessantly anxiety-inducing but unquestionably devastating, especially in the hands of Wood, who deeply understands the character, her sexuality and flaws and doesn’t allow the audience to take advantage of or objectify her the way men in the movie otherwise do.
In life, Wood and Saylor are so close that they talk like siblings, and Saylor is not much like her character in White Girl. She is currently studying math at the University of Chicago, and is equally disciplined in her art—while shooting White Girl’s scenes out of order, she created a graph to track Leah’s shifting states of mind, from confident and naive, to manic and reckless, to low and confused. The two talk about making the film in Wood’s New York home.
THE WHITE GIRL STARS ON WHY DISCOMFORT IS A GOOD THING Morgan Saylor and India Menuez ruminate on fall’s most controversial movie.
To give you an idea, White Girl, out in theaters tomorrow, is being compared to Kids, that seminal ‘90s movie about New York youth that made everyone squirm out of discomfort, recognition, fear…or really all of the above. TBD, watching White Girl is a stressful, uncomfortable experience largely because the main character, played by Morgan Saylor, and her best friend and roommate, played by India Menuez, are simultaneously completely relatable, yet totally frightening.
Through the length of the film, and Elizabeth Wood’s writing and direction, you live their dream/nightmare summer as they navigate a hell of a lot of sex, drugs, violence, and a whole lot of testing their power and privilege as young white women in New York—you know, normal coming of age stuff accelerated to the nth degree. It probably goes without saying the Saylor and Menuez are about as smart and savvy as they come. After a screening of the film last week we let the co-stars do their thing in a hotel conference room and got to listen in on their conversation about everything from patriarchy and rape culture to how they became IRL friends.
Morgan Saylor Isn’t Actually White Girl‘s Wild Ingénue In Real Life
White Girl is a frenzied carousel ride of vices. In its first scene, Leah — the white girl of the title — has just moved from her sleepy city in Oklahoma to a neighborhood in Queens she describes as “basically Brooklyn.” By the third or fourth scene, she’s giving her boss a blow job and snorting lines. Soon enough, her hedonism backfires: After her boyfriend is busted for selling drugs, White Girl’s camera follows Leah’s feverish zigzag between her own highs and lows as she works to get him released from prison.
Director Elizabeth Wood told Refinery29 that to understand her movie you have to “look past the titties.” Sometimes, though, it’s harder to look past the frustration of Wood’s main character. Leah is playful and charming, even as she’s stumbles toward her own self-destruction. She’s optimistic, even to the detriment of her accomplices.
Summer, New York City. A college girl falls hard for a guy she just met. After a night of partying goes wrong, she goes to wild extremes to get him back.Join filmmaker Elizabeth Wood and actors Morgan Saylor, Justin Bartha and Brian Marc as they discuss “White Girl,” one of the most controversial films at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, inspired by Wood’s own experiences.Interview at AOL HQ in NYC for BUILD Series NYC.