Carly Usdin’s “First Date”: A Ten-Minute Lesbian Rom-Com That’ll Make You Swoon

As the founding member of Team Love Is Not a Lie here at Autostraddle dot com, I’m happy to tell you that non-binary icon / filmmaker / podcaster Carly Usdin has released a brand new ten-minute lesbian rom-com into the world, and it is the cutest dang thing I have seen in a long time! They wrote and directed the short film, First Date, for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine MEET CUTE series, in partnership with Bumble and Baileys — and, frankly, you’ve never seen branded content integrated so slyly and gay-ly. As usual, Carly’s short films leave me wishing I was watching a feature film or binging a full season of their work on Netflix. I don’t know how they pack so many laughs, so much knowing, so many quotable one-liners, and such phenomenal chemistry into every single medium of storytelling they undertake, but I just feel lucky as heck to experience it.

First Date tells the story of Jennifer (Shalita Grant) and Anna (Shannon Woodward), a couple of queers who meet on Bumble and connect, even though they live a whole country apart. It also features your faves, Gaby Dunn and Brittani Nichols, as the best friends every gay needs to keep it real about your chances of getting catfished by a serial killer on a dating app. (And your other fave, Autostraddle’s “Who All’s Gay Here?” tee.)

Watch it now and swoon! It’ll make your day, I promise!

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. I cracked up at this part: “I can’t, my ex will be there.” “You don’t even know where we’re going.” “Doesn’t matter, one of them will be there.”

    This was so wonderful, Carly! It was also fun to see Shalita Grant in a queer role.

  2. I demand to see full natal charts, bc Jen obviously is Cancer rising and/or Moon, while Anna is fiery AF. (Maybe I can buy Jen as a Capricorn Sun if her Saturn is in Pisces and she has a night chart.)

    Clearly great if I’m so invested astrologically!!

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