Unlucky in Love

  • Director

    Catriona Rubenis-Stevens

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2023, 5:35

  • Category

    Narrative Short, LGBTQ+

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

LGBTQ+: 7 films for, from and about the community.

April 18, 2024 @ 9:00PM • Kaufman Astoria Studios – Zukor Theatre

LGBTQ+: 7 films for, from and about the community.

April 25, 2024 @ 5:00PM • Kaufman Astoria Studios – Zukor Theatre


Following an unsuccessful stint on a TV dating show, Lisa bumps into Wendy and falls head over heels. Through the years, their passion for one another fades as a secret threatens their love.


Catriona Rubenis-Stevens, Director, “The One They Wanted”, “e.ro.sion noun”
Rachel Handler, Writer, “Andy & Kaliope”
Rachel Handler, Producer
Lachi, Key Cast”Wendy”
Rachel Handler, Key Cast, “Lisa”
Imani Barbarin, Key Cast, “Lucy Loveless”

Director Biography

Catriona Rubenis-Stevens is a multi-award-winning director and producer and was part of the team that went to the 93rd Academy Awards with the best live action short film nominee; Feeling Through.

Born and raised in a small town in the UK, she moved to NYC in her early 20s to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and soon learned her passions lay behind the camera, and so turned her attention to directing and producing. In 2020 she founded her production company, Half-Light Productions.
She has directed several award-winning short films for the Easterseals’ Disability Film Challenge that have screened across America including at top tier festivals Slamdance, Hollyshorts Film Festival and Heartland. Her short film e.ro.sion, noun screened at over 20 festivals worldwide, including The Sci-Fi London Film Festival, SoHo International Film Festival and the Fargo Fantastic Film Festival and went on to receive numerous wins including Best Director and Best Film. Her foreign language short, The Path Of Avarice was a finalist for Best Director at the BBC Alba awards in Glasgow, Scotland.

Over the years, Catriona has managed to build a reputation for authentic storytelling, carefully blending together her exploration of the human condition and her passion for social awareness. Her style leans toward magic realism and her journey into motherhood has further influenced her empathetic nature and her approach to her work.
Other directing credits include over a dozen short films, music videos for Broadway Cares, LUX and On The Quays, the digital series Speak American and The Scoop, multiple episodes of the educational video series Maestro’s Magical Music Box, Cartier’s High Jewelry, Money Map Press and Brainpop. Catriona was recently commissioned by Speak.a Technology in Hangzhou China to write, direct and produce over 50 videos for an English language learning app specifically aimed at preschoolers in China to aid them in their study of English. In 2021 Catriona was one of the producers on the BBC’s Houdini’s Diaries for the History Channel and Daymond John’s Money Map.

Every Halloween Catriona also directs and produces the Zombie Opera concert in her hometown bringing in international opera singers and attracting audiences of over 2000 people. In the past, the event has raised thousands of dollars for scholarship funds enabling disadvantaged youth to receive an after-school arts education at LUX Performing Arts in Jersey City.
Catriona is also an established theater director in New York and New Jersey, directing shows including The Wizard of Oz, Cats, Oklahoma!, Anything Goes, Hairspray, The Lion King, Oliver, Into The Woods and most recently, Spring Awakening.

Outside of her own filmmaking career, Catriona mentors teens and kids as they begin their journey into the world of film. She currently serves as a mentor at Reel Works, and later this year she hopes to open her own mentorship program in New Jersey offering professional shadowing opportunities to pre-college youth.
Catriona serves as a programmer and juror for the Slamdance film festival’s Unstoppable and narrative shorts categories.