Everything in Between
Rosa Wong Benitez (Sierra Knolle), a struggling fashion designer of mixed Asian descent, protects herself from the vulnerability of falling in love by having a string of dead-end relationships. Abandoned by her mother when she was a baby, Rosa is obsessed with the old-style Hollywood movie star, Anna May Wong, who she fantasizes to be her mother. Raised in downtown Los Angeles by her “Uncle Otto” (Rodney Kageyama), an older queen and former hairdresser, Rosa’s deepest emotional relationships are with queer men, including her best friend Michael (Burt Bulos).
Realizing that she is in a rut, Rosa has decided to move to New York City. Before her departure, events force Rosa, Michael and Otto to end the masquerade that they play with each other and reveal their true feelings.
Reviews and Awards
First Prize, Narrative, University of Oregon Queer Film Festival
Special Jury Fiction Award, Universidad de Artes, Ciencias y Comunicación, Santiago, Chile
Student Film Award, Directors Guild of America
“Fatimah Tobing Rony’s standout Everything in Between [is] assured and astute … she clearly has what it takes. Rony makes maximum use of every second … to create a striking portrait of a beautiful young fashion designer raised in downtown L.A. by her gay uncle.” —Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
“ … most impressive about the film is Rony’s astute view of Los Angeles. Her sharp eye, confident camera work, and lyrical outdoor compositions mark her as a talent to watch.” —Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly