The New Orleans native (now Los Angeles resident) world premiered the short earlier this year at the 2014 Pan African Film Festival before taking it through the film festival circuit with screenings at The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the Women’s International Film & Arts Festival.
"Clean Hands" follows Anna and Kirsten, a married couple who are caring for Anna's terminally ill father, Paul. Anna is a woman who is always stuck in the middle- between her homophobic father and her wife, her Christian beliefs and her sexuality - and she is constantly under pressure from all sides. After Paul dies, Anna goes through a tailspin of grief and pain, and Kirsten's attempts to help are rebuffed. When Anna emerges from her spiral, will her rock in the storm be washed away?
Written & Directed by Caryn Hayes and starring Grasie Mercedes, Dawn Noel, Kurt Sinclair, and Ava Gaudet (voice), "Clean Hands" is a story about grief, faith, and love.
A graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, Caryn Hayes has been writing fiction since grade school and is a published author.
The renaissance woman is also a two-time winner of the TV Pilot Award in the original script competition presented by the Organization of Black Screenwriters for “The Ridge” in 2007, and “Dirty Thirties” in 2009.
In the spring of 2008, Hayes began producing her own work under her multimedia production company, Hardly Working Entertainment. Her first comedic digital series, “The World of Cory & Sid,” was nominated for Best Television or Web Series in 2009 by the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival.
She received an Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series award for her second series, “Breaking Point,” from the 2011 Los Angeles Web Series Festival. To date, "Breaking Point" has been nominated/awarded over 20 times - including nods for Best Drama and Best Directing from the 2012 International Television Festival. Her most recent web series, a relationship dramedy dubbed “Entangled With You”, has already been the recipient of five awards.
Be it her signature of sorts, Hayes clearly has a natural propensity for drama - particularly the kind gravitating towards relationship.
Whatever hat she is wearing, the filmmaker, writer and producer has certainly carved for herself a successful career, cementing her status as a voice to be reckoned with in the lesbian film community.
“Clean Hands” will be available starting August 22 as a $2.49 streaming rental and/or a $9.99 download at https://www.reelhouse.org/hardlyworkingtv/clean-hands; and hardlyworkingent.com
Photo credit: Caryn Hayes