The first big gay film of Sundance 2022 is here.
After getting positive reviews at the famous film festival, wife directing team Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne’s film Am I Ok? has been bought by Warner Bros. and HBO Max.
Notaro and Allynne directed the film together, based on a script by Lauren Pomerantz. Am I Ok? stars Dakota Johnson as a 32-year-old named Lucy who lives in Los Angeles, and “figures out later in life that the reason her dates with the opposite gender never end with anything more than a handshake is because, well, she’s not attracted to men.”
She then enlists her lifelong best friend Jane (Sonoya Mizuno) to help her navigate coming out and dating women for the first time in her 30s.
The movie is loosely based on Pomerantz’ life, and also stars Jermaine Fowler, Kiersey Clemons, Molly Gordon, and Sean Hayes. It will premiere on HBO Max at a yet-to-be-determined date.
Stephanie Allynne & Tig Notaro (Shutterstock)
Notaro and Allynne are already looking forward to their next project, the Judd Apatow produced Time and Space. Written by Allynne, based on a story she conceived with Notaro, Time and Space follows a lesbian couple whose life is thrown into turmoil when they move from the busy city of Los Angeles to quiet upstate New York. Notaro is set to star.
They got the idea for the movie during quarantine, after it prevented the two from buying land in New York like they had planned. “It was inspired by hearing about conflicts that couples were going through while also thinking how crazy that must have been to have issues when you can’t get away from each other,” she told Deadline. “The small-town aspect is like the pandemic – not knowing anyone out there and being so isolated and everything gets kicked up.”
The two have previously worked together on the Amazon Prime series One Mississippi, which was co-created by Notaro and starred Notaro and Allynne. Allynne also wrote on the series. One Mississippi was loosely based on Notaro’s life after her mother died, and on her relationship with Allynne. They were married in 2015 and had twin sons in 2016.