• Director

    Amy Frear

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2019, 7 min

  • Category

    Short Narrative

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Cast: Jenna Horton, Aliyah Isis, Sarah Heffner, Derek Baker-Gutierrez, Josh McLucas
Crew: Producers: Amy Frear, Shawna Annable – Screenwriters: Amy Frear – Director of Photography: Shawna Annable

While on an important mission on earth, an alien who has taken the form of a human accidentally becomes pregnant and seeks an abortion.

Amy Frear is a filmmaker and theatre artist from Philadelphia. Her previous short films include “SELKIE” and “ANOTHER TIME,” which both explore the feeling of not belonging through subtle science fiction and fantasy. She is an adjunct professor at Temple University and the University of the Arts.

Filmmaker’s Note

HUMAN BEING is a re-imagining of an experience I had with an anti-abortion protester outside of a Planned Parenthood in October 2016. The experience was unsettling, upsetting, and very bizarre. It occurred at the height of the 2016 election. The tapes of a presidential candidate bragging about groping and grabbing women had just been released. I imagined how an alien from a world with a separate set of core beliefs about reproductive health and hierarchical dynamics would feel in this time and place. Silliness, playfulness, and the power of vulnerability are how I wanted to deal with not just this tiny event, but everything else that has come to a head since the autumn it occurred.