Director's Statement
I have always wanted to be a storyteller. The idea of sitting in a dark theater watching moving images on a 50-foot screen is magical to me. Corny - yes I know - but true. When I’m sad or having a bad day, I can always count on a good movie to uplift my mood. For a storyteller, the opportunity to make someone laugh or cry or to just make them think is the ultimate satisfaction. For several years now, I’ve been making that dream come true for other directors while working alongside them. If I do say so myself, even as a kick-ass producer, the desire to direct again has never left me - it only got stronger. That’s when I decided it was time to get serious and pursue my goal of directing. As an independent filmmaker, we’re often encouraged to “tell personal stories,” or to “write what we know” the idea being that a truthful story is usually a more interesting one. Maya and Her Lover is such a story. The film explores several themes: ageism, isolation and classism. It deals with complacency, intimacy and self-acceptance. In addition, it examines choices we make in life and the sometimes-disappointing consequences that follow. The idea for this story came to me after ending a brief affair that I had with a much younger man. At first being with him was fun; it challenged me to try new things. Admittedly, I was at a vulnerable time in my life, which speaks volumes to my deference, and while the relationship proved ultimately disruptive it did force me to confront and change some things about my life. So, like any good storyteller, I decided to exploit, oh sorry, to write about it. With the screenplay Maya and Her Lover, I’ve accomplished my first goal of writing a funny, sexy and relatable story. Now as a director, my next goal is to take that vision from story to screen and, hopefully, make someone laugh, cry or just think.
OUR TEAM

The minds behind Maya and Her Lover

Nicole Sylvester

Director

Nicole is a accomplished filmmaker whose credits include directing the films Layla’s Girl and minor blues.

Alisa Lomax

Producer

Alisa’s credits include Layla’s Girl and When I Need to Smile.

Trevite Willis

Producer

Trevite’s recent projects include The Dark Rite and Cargo. She is currently producing the documentary, Rough Ride: The Race for Mayor in Charm City.

Dylan Verrechia

Cinematographer

Dylan is an award-winning NYC-based Writer/Director, Producer and Director of Photography who has worked internationally.

Meet Maya
Maya Trudeau, a single woman in her thirties, is in the midst of an emotional crisis. She is educated, financially stable and completely disillusioned with life. An introvert, she lives vicariously through her best friend and wasting time online. That is, until she takes a lover, Kaseem, a 22-year- old pizza deliveryman big on ideas, but short on execution. His game is clumsy, but endearing. Maya is flattered that such a young man is into her. He’s edgy and a little bit dangerous, but, to Maya’s surprise, she likes it - a lot. They begin a steamy affair that infuses her with some much-needed excitement. Gone are the days of boredom. The relationship is therapeutic: he makes her laugh; she feels younger and motivated by his journey of self-discovery. But, when his dark side is exposed, the relationship turns volatile and ends almost as quickly as it began. For Maya, the abrupt change is unsettling leaving her vulnerable and full of self-doubt. So, when Kaseem begs for a second chance, against her better judgment, she relents. But the writing is on the wall. She knows that the relationship is nothing more than a distraction and decides it’s time she began living her life. And that is when her true journey begins.
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Nicole Sylvester
917-637-9414
Nicole@meetingmayamovie.com
Alisa Lomax
313-415-4441
Alisa@meetingmayamovie.com
Trevite Willis
917-455-0589
Trevite@meetingmayamovie.com