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Southern Marylander receives critical acclaim for indie movie

Hollywood, CA – A Calvert County transplant to Los Angeles recently released her first feature-length film, “Electric Love.” The independent romantic comedy is receiving praise and critical acclaim while making the film festival rounds.

Victoria Fratz graduated from Patuxent High School in 2005, after which she attended Towson University until graduating in 2010. She went on to work in Baltimore for a few years before heading west to California in pursuit of her dreams in the entertainment industry. “It was a very fun transition, the people out here are very welcoming,” said Fratz of her move. Upon arriving in LA, the 31-year-old began to grow her social media following, eventually leading to features in Forbes and Adweek.

Fratz produced and wrote the film, teaming up with her boyfriend Aaron Fradkin, who co-wrote and directed the movie. The plot “follows five hopefuls as they traverse modern dating in Los Angeles using popular dating apps like Tinder and Grindr.”

Emma (Mia Serafino) and Adam (Zachary Mooren), the film’s main characters, are largely based on Fratz and Fradkin’s relationship, pulling real experiences that themselves and others have had within the modern dating landscape. “The main characters' blossoming relationship is mirrored from our own. All of the cringe-worthy first dates are directly from real experiences, too.”

The movie debuted in October at the San Diego International Film Festival where it won “Best World Premiere.” Fratz conveyed the importance of film festivals to a small, independent, film like “Electric Love,” giving films access to the marketing built into them. “They give you exposure to bloggers and entertainment writers, it’s absolutely worth it.”

Fradkin, Fratz’s boyfriend, co-founded the production company Social House Films with her. The Company produced the award-winning short-film “Acting Class” before “Electric Love.” Fradkin is originally from Northampton, MA and took inspiration from writer-directors like Judd Apatow and Richard Linklater. “I wanted the movie to feel real. I didn’t want it to be the typical run of the mill romantic comedy.” Fradkin went on to say that his aim was to shoot the film in a style that brought an “80’s like nostalgia” to the movie. “I look at every film as a learning experience. It’s a never-ending process of bettering yourself with each project.”

Following the release of the movie on Feb. 5, Fratz is going to be directing her attention to a new endeavor taking place here in Southern Maryland. “I’m working on a thrilling, true-life, drama set in Southern Maryland. I want to bring some entertainment jobs to the area I grew up.”

The movie is available across digital marketplaces like Amazon, iTunes, and even Xfinity. It will be featured at the Cinequest film festival in San Jose in March. For updates on the movie and her future endeavors, follow Victoria Fratz’s social media (@IMVICTORIAFRATZ) across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat.

Contact Jerold Massie at staffwriter@thebaynet.com.

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