Watch at Home: ‘2 in the Bush: A Love Story’ & more from female filmmakers

Two in the Bush: A Love Story
Two in the Bush: A Love Story. Courtesy of Comedy Dynamics.

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.

Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 12/20/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • 2 in the Bush: A Love Story – Laura Madalinski (director/co-writer), Kelly Haas (co-writer)
  • Abominable – Jill Culton (director/writer)
  • Bernie the Dolphin 2 – Terri Emerson (co-writer)


This week’s selection is 2 in the Bush: A Love Story.  While the concept is all too often lost in love stories on screen, Two in the Bush: A Love Story puts the polyamorous relationship front and center.

When it comes to romantic comedies, it is never a good sign when somebody comes home early from work.  You can always assume that the worst is about to happen.  This is the case when aspiring documentary filmmaker Emily (Sarah Mitchell) comes home early.  Sure enough, Emily arrives home to find girlfriend Kate (Adriana Leonard) is sleeping with Peter (Mike Schminke).  With no choice but to move out, Emily moves in with best friend Rosa (Melissa DuPrey).  All Emily can do is make the best of an otherwise terrible situation.

Filmmaker Laura Madalinski pours her heart and soul into the film and the results show.  Actress Sarah Mitchell is more than capable in taking on the leading role as Emily in her first feature film.  Not many films are able to pull off a feature of this magnitude with ten days to shoot and under $50,000 to produce.  The Chicago-set film is a solid directorial debut for the filmmaker.

If there’s any hope, Two in the Bush will certainly validate one’s own life experiences.  This is the beauty of film and telling the stories that don’t get told.  One thing is for certain: polyamorous stories do not get told enough.  Two in the Bush joins Professor Marston and The Wonder Women as being the only films that I can recall with such a story being depicted on screen.  Everyone deserves to find love even if it is a situation in which people are traditionally used to seeing.

You can read my full review here.

© Danielle Solzman (12/20/19) FF2 Media

Featured photos from 2 in the Bush: A Love Story EPK
Photo Credits: Comedy Dynamics

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Danielle Solzman is a Chicago-based film critic and an aspiring filmmaker if she can ever put enough time aside to work on her feature-length trans-led political comedy script. When not in Chicago, she attends various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Public Relations while earning a Masters in Media Communications from Webster University after writing a thesis paper on comic books against the backdrop of the American political culture.
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