Director Vee Hua has long been interested in spiritual encounters; once, in a waking dream of sorts, they received what they characterize as an otherworldly missive to become a filmmaker, despite not “doing anything even remotely related to film” at the time.
Their latest work, Reckless Spirits, follows best friends Syd (Vico Ortiz) and Yvette (Dawn Anderson) as they stumble upon a cult ritual and test the boundaries of reality. Hua and co-writer Lisa Sanaye Dring wanted to create a story starring people of color that “isn’t just trauma oriented.”
Ortiz and Anderson’s theatrical exuberance—exaggerated, goofy expressions and dramatic intonations—keeps the tenor of the 12-minute and
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