Keep It Open

  • Director

    Lucy Teitler

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2023, 9:50

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

TAKE THIS: 7 Films That Refuse to Back Down

April 17, 2024 @ 7:00PM • MoMI Redstone


A queer couple is tested when a mystery man comes to town.


Lucy Teitler, Director
Lucy Teitler, Writer, TV writer: Mr Robot (USA), A Friend of the Family (Peacock), Tommy (CBS), The I-Land (Netflix)
Federica Belletti, Producer, Shorts: Ayaan, Refuge, Nice Talking to You
Bree Elrod, Key Cast, “Eve”, Film: Red Rocket (lead), Sometimes I Think About Dying (supporting); TV: A Friend of the Family
Helya Salarvand, Key Cast, “Beatrice”
Dominic Fumusa, Key Cast, “Tomas”, TV: Nurse Jackie (lead), Godfather of Harlem, Goliath, Homeland, Sopranos

Director Statement

I love to explore utopian promises, and their unseen collateral damage. What do we do to others when we aim to live our best lives? And is there a way to achieve progress without doing it at someone else’s expense. In my television work, I like to explore these ideas on grand topics, like politics and technological advancement. In this personal work, I chose to explore those themes within a private kind of utopia: nonmonogamy. Such relationships live in progressive circles as a tantalizing xanadu: a life that allows you to explore your own independent desires, free of shame or fear of being hurt, from within the safety of a stable couple. It sounds too good to be true, which makes me laugh, and makes me interested. Is it really too good to be true, or are those who think so missing out on something better? I wrote ‘Keep It Open’ as an open-ended conversation with that question.

Director Biography

Lucy Teitler is a New York-based writer and filmmaker. Her play “Engagements” has been produced widely and published in pink. In television, Lucy was most recently a writer and Co-Executive Producer on the limited series, “A Friend of the Family,” for Peacock. Her other screen work includes the award-winning series “Mr. Robot,” and others. Lucy began her career in sketch comedy and is an alumna of the Youngblood playwriting group at Ensemble Studio Theatre and Yale University. “Keep It Open” is her first short as a director.