A neurotic journalist searches through digital clues trying to decipher a mysterious message left by her fiancé who has suddenly disappeared.
Zoe suddenly vanishes off the grid and out of her fiancée Marie’s life, leaving behind one cryptic message via post-it note: I need space. Marie searches for answers across social media channels and soon becomes obsessed with discovering the real meaning behind every tweet, email, text, and online profile that is associated with Zoe.
Marie’s best friend, Jesse, supports her mission but seems to be hiding something that could get Marie on the right track before everything spirals out of control. Soon all evidence links Marie to disconnected stories that have both women questioning each other’s motives.
Sugarhiccup is about one woman’s misperception of reality and her subsequent coming apart at the seams, due to overanalyzation of incomplete information. The film is a satire on our digital world and how we are easily susceptible to blurring the lines between truth and perception. It’s a story about how nonsensical data, social media, and distrust can all lead to destructive decision-making.
Director: Lisa Donato
Lisa Donato specializes in producing and directing for commercial and indie video productions. Production and directorial credits include shows for National Geographic Wild, The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), web series (Crowned), feature documentaries (She Started It), and award-winning short films.
Donato’s searing, personal stories have been published in Self Magazine, the LA Times, Curve Magazine and more.
In 2014, Donato wrote, directed, and produced Sugarhiccup, which has earned her five awards in New Filmmaker Excellence, a nomination for Best Director, and acceptances by over 30 festivals in the 2015 film festival circuit, including Frameline, Outfest Fusion, and Mumbai International.