Lovestruck coworkers Whit and Laurel long for human connection in an ultra-sterile, germaphobic society where physical contact is forbidden.
Writer: Sarah-Jane Sheppard
Director: Tricia Collins
Producers: Lauren Barker, Sasha Duncan, Michael Nevada, Conner Reilly, Sarah-Jane Sheppard
Infect Me Not was always written first and foremost as a love story, doomed as it may be.
I wanted to explore a moment in the lives of two people unable to truly express their feelings for each other and how not being able to touch – to signify love, attraction, flirtation – makes carrying on a relationship between them almost impossible. The idea of simple physical contact, even holding hands, becomes a far more sensual act when it is forbidden.
The ending of the film, when our two lovers go up in flames, hopefully shows how deeply this sterile world has affected their ideas of love and devotion, that they are willing to die for just one moment together.
About Tricia Collins
Tricia Collins is an actor and filmmaker.
She taught acting and directed students at New Image College of Fines Arts for five years and was also a TA for an upper level course at Ryerson University entitled design in media.
Tricia most recently directed the short film Infect Me Not for Vancouver Film School as well as Occupy My Life, a web series about a pack of ineffective hipster protesters.
Her short film Reach screened at the WIFT-T Short Film Showcase and Vancouver Asian Film Festival. Tricia is of Chinese, Caribbean and Irish heritage.
In 2008 Tricia wrote and produced the theatre production Gravity which toured internationally to Trinidad and Carifesta in Guyana.
Tricia’s graduate film was a short documentary entitled Memento Vita that screened at the Marshall McLuhan Legacy Festival.
In 2006 her magic realist play Dreaming Elevators was produced by La Luna Productions and was directed by the late Lorena Gale.
Onscreen acting credits include many independent films and various television programs.
Tricia continues to teach acting at New Image College of Fine Arts and is also the director of a new media project called Her Digital Visions for girls against cyberbullying at the Access to Media Education Society.
She holds a master of arts degree in digital media production from Ryerson University and a BFA in theatre from Simon Fraser University.
She was selected for the Bell Media and WGC diverse screenwriters program, under the mentorship of Sarah Dodd and Chuck Laser.