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There is a New World Somewhere

Li Lu

Sylvia returns to her Texas hometown for a friend's wedding, escaping her failed ambitions in NYC. By chance, she meets Esteban, an electrifying stranger. On the wedding day, he dares her to join him on a roadtrip through the Deep South. She recklessly agrees, seduced by unknown adventure to come.

THERE IS A NEW WORLD SOMEWHERE is a coming of age story about the solitary struggle of an artistic soul. Sylvia retreats to her hometown of Austin, TX for a friend’s wedding. An unsuccessful artist, Sylvia escapes New York City and problems of mind and money. In Austin, Sylvia meets Esteban, an electrifying stranger. Instantly, they are enamored with each other. He proposes a road trip and dares her to leave town with him. Eager for a careless adventure, Sylvia is forced to trust her heart, even if it leads her down dark and mysterious paths.

OFFICIAL SITE: www.tianws.com
Email us: tianws.film@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newworldsomewhere
Instagram/Twitter: @tianwsfilm
Director Li Lu's Site: www.ulil-lilu.com

Director's Statement:
We are all bound together by our capacity to dream. Films are an incredible way to for us share those stories in a deeply imtimate manner - stories that are relatable to all humanity. "There is a New World Somewhere" (TIANWS) is a coming of age story of a young woman who has lost her way.  Everyone has stood at the cusp of young adulthood, and felt scared yet excited to see where his/her life will take them. Those taking the road less traveled must be brave and rely on their confidence when challenged by others. Sylvia's struggles are that of any risk taker. She struggles to channel her power of creation amidst her own self-doubt and the doubt of others around her. At this stage in life, I feel as close to our heroine as I’ll ever be. Abundant in passion but lacking in ways to manifest it, this story was a way for me to try to understand myself and fight my own self-doubts. This is why I want to make this film, for I feel anyone who has tried to express anything creative can relate to these fears.  As Wim Wenders said, “I want to make personal films, not private films."Although the artistic struggle has been a popular topic in film, there have been very few narratives that focus intimately on a strong female protagonist of color, especially one just starting out on her path of creation. In a way, this story is a hopeful, modern retelling of The Bell Jar, if you will. In this age where immediacy pervades every facet of our lives, it is hard for 20 year olds to gain the patience to nurture their own selfhood. We want to give a voice to that struggle and connect with our generation through the story of our film.Any artistic endeavor needs the support of strong allies. We’d be honored if you joined us on this journey. We are looking forward to finding new worlds together.
My deepest thanks,
Li Lu