abby & emily

go to palm springs


Two women try not to kill each other on their first vacation together, aka a modern queer love story.


Abby is an artist and Emily is an army officer; they come from opposite worlds yet have fallen hard and fast for each other and must navigate their completely different love languages on the way to what could be forever or the end of the road. 

In the tradition of John Cassavetes, Wong Kar-wai and Jane Campion, this short film takes a brief glimpse into the lives of two people in love trying to understand each other.


Jessie Cohen and Victoria 'Vico' Ortiz

with Bob Clendenin and Jessalyn Wanlim

Writer. Director. Producer. Hellin Kay

Producer. Nancy Degnan

Executive Producer. Michelle L. Morby

Director of Photography. Ludovica Isidori

Casting Directors. Jennifer Presser and Caitlin Well



"I love exploring relationships in a real, unflinching way and think it's important to examine ourselves even when it feels uncomfortable."

Hellin Kay

Writer, Director, Producer

"I'm making this film because it makes me feel seen and shows the beauty of surrendering to the messiness of love."

Nancy Degnan


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"It is such a beautiful and tender study of those relationship frictions and make ups."

Michelle L. Morby

 Executive Producer


Masha and Aliona LLC 2019