'First Kiss' Director Debuts Trailer for First Feature Film (Video)
Tatia Pilieva, the filmmaker behind the viral short of strangers kissing, releases a clip from her first feature, "Forever."
Tatia Pilieva, the filmmaker behind viral sensation First Kiss, is bringing up the idea of love again in her newly released trailer for her first feature, Forever.
Hot on the heels of the black-and-white short, which has racked up more than 66 million YouTube views since its release on March 10, Pilieva has posted a clip on YouTube of her next project. "Forever tells the story of a young investigative reporter [True Blood's Deborah Ann Woll] who, following a tragic loss, enters into a mysterious commune where she learns to live and love again," says Pilieva. She directed and co-wrote the film with Gill Dennis.
It continues the filmmaker's fascination with human relationships and how love can be found in the most unlikely places. "Ultimately, love saves us all," she explains.
Forever features an ensemble cast -- much like the one assembled for First Kiss with 20 strangers locking lips -- including Woll, Luke Grimes (50 Shades of Grey), Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) and Rain Phoenix. In addition to appearing on First Kiss, Marianna Palka and Jill Larson also star in Forever.
Forever is produced by nonprofit organization The Art of Elysium. Pilieva was the first recipient of its Tahnee award -- a scholarship program named after the first patient the charity was able to help -- and all profits from the sale and distribution of the film will benefit the charity to support its hospital programs with critically ill youth.
Forever is currently being discussed to premiere at upcoming film festivals.
Watch the trailer for Forever, below.