“NUNE is about the permission to feel pain, to love honestly, rather than to escape from it.”

JI STRANGEWAY,a writer-director and poet, focuses her creative works on the young adult coming-of-age and female-centric genre. Teen existential crisis, struggles for social belonging, self-redemption and individuation are Strangeway’s pet themes. Her protagonist of choice is the misunderstood female antihero. Her short film NUNE (2016), is a modern adaptation of her graphic novel RED AS BLUE, an LGBTQ teen love story set in the 1980s. Strangeway grew up in Denver, Colorado, is Vietnamese by descent and a former New Yorker. The filmmaker-turned-novelist is based in Los Angeles.

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