Summary: The award winning documentary Love & Loss follows two surprisingly strong women: Karen Crespo & Nicole Evans. Both women are vibrantly physically disabled; however, Nicole was born disabled while Karen became disabled later in life. There is a tremendous difference between being born with a disability and becoming disabled later. Nicole has had the past 30 years to cope with and learn to embrace her disability while Karen had deal with both the physical and emotional trauma almost overnight. Despite their trials, these women are taking steps to find love in their lives. Through the observation of the dating lives of theirs, this film explores the challenging and often unconventional intimate relationships of physically-impaired individuals, as well as how those individuals define and live their lives within the context of their disabilities.
Director Statement: My first encounter with the disabled community was at a very young age when I lived in China. In China, I used to see many disabled homeless people on the streets. As a child, I would always ask my dad to spare some change for them. A couple years ago, one of my best friends died of brain cancer. Prior to her cancer, she lost her vision in a car accident. Despite her lack of vision, she had the biggest heart and the most positive attitude towards life. However, she never experienced love, a boyfriend or a relationship. Love was what she was missing the most in her short period of life. These experiences prompted me to start paying attention to the disabled community. It is my goal for this documentary to be as warm and intimate as possible. I believe it is similarly important to highlight that these people all have an appreciation for joy and humor despite their everyday hardships and obstacles.