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: Narrative Feature
GENRE: Drama
STATUS: Development


An emotionally isolated 29-year-old woman pursues a relationship with a 17-year-old boy after he mistakes her for a fellow high school student.


Disconnected from her career-driven peers, 29-year-old Misha pursues a relationship with a 17-year-old boy after he mistakes her for a fellow high school student. As her behavior grows dangerously reckless, Misha is forced to confront the consequences of her actions.


When I was 29, a 17-year-old mistook me for a teenager and invited me to a party. While I corrected his error and declined his invitation, I couldn’t help but wonder: what kind of woman would have gone to that party? And what happens when a woman chooses not to pursue career or motherhood, the two narrow avenues society has opened for women to hold space in? This brought me to Misha. While I’m very different from Chaperone’s flawed protagonist, we do have areas of common ground. Prior to my creative career, I spent a decade working in a corporate setting where I didn’t identify with my peers. Was I succeeding as an adult if I didn’t resemble any of the adults around me? And who do you surround yourself with when you feel alienated from your own peers? What is it about Jake, Misha’s 17-year-old love interest, that makes him so appealing to her, and how does she justify her behavior? Is she living in a false reality? Are adults like Misha ”broken”? Or is it society’s metrics for measuring adulthood that are flawed? CHAPERONE explores these questions, and the decisions one may make when told their current path is not a path at all.


Zoe Eisenberg - Writer, producer, director
Zoe Eisenberg is a Hawaii island-based film and performing arts producer. She has written and produced several award-winning feature, short and documentary films within the state of Hawaii. Most recently, she co-founded the Made in Hawai'i Film Festival, and serves as its Executive Director. A 2019 Creative Lab Hawai'i Producers Immersive Fellow, Eisenberg is passionate about supporting the growing independent film and performance art scene in Hawaii.


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