ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Kimie Muroya didn’t know what to expect during her first time on a movie set.
She didn’t let her nerves get the best of her though.
“I had only done theater before,” Muroya explains. “I had to learn quickly and move forward with the production.”
Muroya made her film debut with “Antarctica,” which is currently available on-demand.
The film follows lifelong friends Kat and Janet – played by Chloë Levine and Muroya – who see everything flipped upside down as they hit their senior year.
Shy Kat is now popular, hooking up at parties, while misfit Janet is put on strange medication for her “bad behavior.” Things get even odder when Janet meets a cute boy who might be a time traveler, and Kat’s panicked parents send her off to sex rehab.
Levine and Muroya were drawn to the film because it portrays a strong bond between two women.
“We made this movie with such love and a lot of care,” Levine says. “It’s a beautiful thing to share it with the world; especially because it tells the story of two friends. It’s having an impact on young people who would be the same age of Kat and Janet.”
The film is written and directed by Keith Bearden and also stars Bubba Weiler, Clea Lewis and Damian Young.
It was produced by Kim Jackson for Breaker Studios and Peter Ernsky for Oso Media. Levine served as an executive producer alongside Zach LeBeau.
“This film is right on time and is a genre all of its own,” says Kim Jackson, CEO of Breaker Studios. “Keith’s unique perspective shines. This film is sure to be a classic that many generations will enjoy watching together.”
Levine was interested in the production and it gained traction when she met Bearden.
Meanwhile, Muroya says what caught her eye was Janet.
“She’s an full-figured young Asian woman,” Muyora says. “I have never seen that in any sort of casting call. That was the first thing that excited me. She wasn’t any sort of stereotype. She was allowed to be a human being. And she was allowed to be thought of as a romantic partner. It really spoke to me. Janet is a really incredible person in that she’s a huge capacity to love and care for her best friend.”
Muroya felt a lot like the character when she was in high school.
“Janet is truer to herself,” Muroya says. “I wish I would have been a little more like that.”
Levine says Kat has a brilliant resilience.
“I also didn’t have enough of that in high school,” Levine says. “The fierceness of being yourself, it was lovely to step into those shoes. Kat also has these moments of such vulnerability.”
Both Levine and Muroya enjoyed working with Bearden on the film because he brought to life a story that isn’t often told.
Bearden says “Antarctica” is the movie he’s wanted to make his entire life.
“I wanted it to be a movie for teens and anyone who remembers being one, inspired by the smart, funny women who I have met throughout my life and the intimate friendships they share,” Bearden says. “I am confident the story of Kat and Janet will connect with a wide audience.”