After an unexpected one-night stand, two women at very different stages of their lives, share an even more intimate morning after.
Listen to the extended sountrack by Asha Santee & BOOMscat
tender is a simple story, close to my heart. tender is about Black women loving ourselves and each other fully - our scars, joy, queerness, desire, and vulnerability. I’m fascinated and fortified by the bonds I share with Black women and I wanted to try to capture that power. I also wanted to explore emotional intimacy, sexuality, and loss, from a Black woman lens, which we don’t see nearly enough.
I also like playing with age and class and am compelled to write Gen X female characters (like me and my friends) who are actively reflecting on their life. And in this film’s case, a reflection through the eyes of your seemingly younger self.
Lastly, because I’m a champion of joy and because Black joy is resistance, this is also a film about joy and how we can find both joy and connection in unlikely places when we feel safe and allow ourselves to.
— Felicia Pride
FELICIA PRIDE — WRITER/DIRECTOR
Felicia Pride is a TV writer / producer and an award-winning filmmaker. She wrote on Ava DuVernay's QUEEN SUGAR, GREY’S ANATOMY, and is currently a writer / supervising producer on BEL-AIR. She’s currently developing shows with Amazon, Netflix, and FX. In film, she’s the writer and executive producer of REALLY LOVE, produced by MACRO, which debuted on Netflix and became a Top Ten Movie on the platform. And she’s sold features to Universal, Sony, and AGC Studios.
Felicia made her directorial debut with tender, an award-winning short film which aired on STARZ, and she is currently on the festival circuit with LOOK BACK AT IT, a proof of concept for her directorial feature debut by the same name, which won the audience award at the BlackStar Film Festival and was nominated for an Humanitas Prize for screenwriting. She founded and runs HONEY CHILE, a production company catering to Black women 40+ and is the co-host of their NAACP-nominated podcast Chile, Please.
Felicia was a Film Independent Screenwriting Lab Fellow and a graduate of NBC's Writers on the Verge program as a comedy writer. She started her writing career more than twenty years ago as an entertainment journalist before going on to write several books, including the essay collection, The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hop’s Greatest Songs. Prior to transitioning to screenwriting, she worked as a film distribution exec and an impact producer. Felicia holds an M.A. in writing from Emerson College and runs The Create Daily, a platform for historically excluded storytellers that she founded in 2012.
REGINA HOYLES — PRODUCER
Born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, IL, Regina Hoyles is a multi-hyphenate artist who got her start in the entertainment industry as early as nine years old. She is a recent graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she majored in drama and minored in the business of entertainment.
Known to work behind the scenes and in front of the camera, Regina is committed to wearing several hats in the development and production process. Naps, a web series she created that has been featured in publications such as Shadow and Act and screened at several festivals across the U.S., was recently handpicked to stream on iONE Digital’s aspaceforcreators.com. As an actor, Regina can most recently be seen on Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime. As a filmmaker, Regina is currently attached as a producer to several projects, many of which contain storylines that focus on some aspect of the Black woman experience.
She most recently wrapped on her latest work, Adullam, a sci-fi short film which she wrote, directed, and starred in.
LUDOVICA ISIDORI — CINEMATOGRAPHER
A vibrant, Italian, cinematographer, Ludovica Isidori holds an MA in Cinema and Television studies from IULM, Milano and a MFA in Cinematography from AFI, Los Angeles; there she received the Olivadotti Scholarship for craftsmanship excellence.
While studying, she filmed a documentary on autism, Meraviglia, that screened at several Italian Film Festivals. Since then, her path has been validated by a combination of artistic experiences, improving her technical skills and training her photographic sight. While living in Milan, she worked for the esteemed fashion photographer, Gianguido Rossi and she assisted Francesco Zanot, a highly valued photography curator. Their collaboration expanded Ludovica’s knowledge of Art History and Photography, as well as her understanding of the aesthetic rules and social relevance of visual art.
In 2013, Ludovica’s graduated from the American Film Institute with a thesis shot on 35mm, Bamidbar. The short won the Best Short at the LAJFF and screened at numerous film festivals (Shanghai International Film Festival, Hof International Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and the Champs-Elysees Film Festival.)
In 2015, Ludovica was selected as a Cinematography Fellow for Project Involve, the diversity program of Film independent. Since then, her projects have premiered at SXSW, Slamdance, HBO, Outfest, Diversity in Cannes and many other.
In 2017, Ludovica shot her first feature, The Blackout, for the Argentinian director Daniela De Carlo. In October 2017, Ludovica Won Best Cinematography at the Gary International Black Film Festival for her short, Intercept, directed by Jackie Stone. The year 2018 started with another prize for cinematography, il Premio Daniele Cipri per la fotografia at the Movie Valley Film Festival, in Italy, for Ludovica’s work on the short movie Peggie.
In 2018 she shot her third feature, Test Pattern, for director Shatara Michelle Ford; the piece, an independent piece about love and consent, has now started its festival run.
written & directed by felicia pride
produced by regina hoyles
executive producer felicia pride
starring farelle walker
cinematographer ludovica isidori
editor tess karmann
costume designer ciara whaley
production designer dahli coles
music by asha santee
associate producer...ivy grant
first assistant director…paige blankenship
1st assistant camera…nobuyoshi sakurai
2nd assistant camera…ali arminio
set still photographer...avery archie
location sound mixer…darren augustus
key grip…nick deruve
script supervisor...emily blake
hair and makeup…galaxy san juan
post-production services provided by ko creative
sound editor…mike lee
sound editor…declan mcinerney
casting associate...amber brown
additional casting services provided by breakdown services
music supervisor….jennifer smith