White Girl (2016): Elizabeth Wood’s Directing Debut

A good ensemble of actors elevates White Girl, the promising writing and directing debut of Elizabeth Wood, a grad of Columbia University Film School.

World premiering at the Sundance Film Fest, White Girl was released by FilmRise on September 2, 2016, but mixed reviews spelled a short theatrical run and commercial flop status (vis a vis its budget).

Leah (Morgan Saylor), a young university student, moves in with her best friend Katie (India Menuez) in Ridgewood, Queens. One night, after they run out of pot she approaches some Latino men on her corner for drugs, but they refuse.

Later she invites one of the men, Blue (Brian Marc), into her apartment, who explains that he’s a coke dealer, but refuses to do hard drugs. Blue and Leah end up having sex on her rooftop.

Leah tells him he could easily be making $60 compared to the $20 he’s been selling them for. She invites him to a party thrown by her (she’s an intern) and Blue is able to mark up his prices to the mostly white crowd.