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Love Virtually | L.E. Staiman and Cheston Mizel on Finding Love in the Virtual World

As a knock-on romcom, Love Virtually mocks the idea that romance can be found anywhere, even in cyberspace.

The film developed during the pandemic; the comedy has the actors sheltered in place by utilizing computer sims to tell the story.

Here is the official synopsis:

In a world where the Metaverse has become widely adopted, four couples go to ridiculous lengths to find true love in a virtual world. Love Virtually is a retro-future satirical rom-com for the Metaverse era, blending live action and 3D animation as it explores and exposes the absurd reality of our world and where we are heading while probing life’s deepest questions, such as: How does a celebrity find someone who loves them for their true selves? Is it cheating if it’s in VR? And, is it cheating if it’s with an AI?

The film cast includes Cheri Oteri, Paul F. Tompkins, Peter Gilroy, Ryan O’Flanagan, Adam Ray, Nikki Howard, Tom Virtue, Paige Mobley, Vincent Washington, Ksenia Valenti, Harper Frawley, L.E. Staiman and Stephen Tobolowsky.

L.E. Staiman directed the film for the screenplay by Staiman and Cheston Mizel.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with L.E. Staiman and Cheston Mizel. We talked about the pandemic production, filming with the cast, and the 3D animation for the film.

L.E. Staiman wrote and produced the indie horror comedy Knifecorp, which stars Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th). Love Virtually is his directorial feature film debut. He was formerly part of a Jewish pop-punk band named The Groggers.

Cheston Mizel attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied entrepreneurial management. Then he attended Fordham Law School in New York. For many years, he worked in finance/investments and practiced law. Love Virtually is his first project in narrative filmmaking.

Love Virtually is available digitally and On Demand today.

Watch the exclusive interview with L.E. Staiman and Cheston Mizel below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

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Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Premiere Digital

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