Lola Blanc’s new single, “Trust Me” is out on August 8, 2023 on We Are: The Guard, available everywhere music is streamed or sold.
Lola Blanc is a “ridiculously multi-talented”* creator across the mediums of music, film and podcasting whose music has over 200 million+ total streams, 570,000 monthly Spotify listeners, and previous features in Billboard, i-D, L’Officiel, Refinery29, MTV, V Magazine, Glamour, Fuse, Earmilk, Popcrush and several official Spotify playlists.
The release of the “Trust Me” single will be followed by a companion short film/music video due out early fall 2023, directed by Blanc who is also a filmmaker. Her latest film, Pruning starring Madeline Brewer (Handmaid’s Tale), has been sweeping the festival circuit screening at Palm Springs, Fantasia and the Oscar-qualifying festival, Hollyshorts.
In addition to her musical and film careers, Lola Blanc co-hosts a wildly popular podcast about cults and the dangerous and intoxicating psychology of extreme belief. The podcast shares the title of her upcoming single, TRUST ME. She’s in fact a trusted pundit on the subject in the upcoming Netflix docuseries, How To Become a Cult Leader.
Lola Blanc statement on the upcoming single, “Trust Me”:
“Trust Me” is a song about anxiety. I wrote it after I'd had my first panic attack and went through a period of severe anxiety--anxiety about anxiety--that kind of came out of nowhere, and eventually led to me getting treated for OCD. And while I was still learning the skills in therapy, I was struggling with which thoughts and feelings were "real" and which ones were my anxiety misfiring, and I was just exhausted and feeling foggy all the time, which I now know is just derealization. But it really felt like I was broken. Like my body had betrayed me. So the song came when I'd started doing a lot of work on accepting some uncertainty, and becoming okay with the idea that I wasn't always going to do it right, shit was just gonna feel weird sometimes, and I needed to build trust in myself, trust that I could handle it, even if I did my recovery "wrong." Even if my worst case scenario happened. The song was basically a pep talk to myself that I could do this, and I was gonna be okay.
PRUNING: A Lola Blanc Film Starring Madeline Brewer
Palm Springs Shortfest, Hollyshorts, Fantasia
When a controversial political commentator discovers her rhetoric has inspired a mass shooting, she must contend with her conscience--by any means necessary.
New York, NY, Thursday, June 1 – Filmmaker, actor, musician and co-host of Trust Me, Lola Blanc is premiering her film, Pruning at the Palm Springs Shortfest 2023. Pruning is a psychological horror film about a right-wing commentator whose rhetoric inspires a violent event; it stars Emmy-nominated Madeline Brewer (Handmaid's Tale, Cam) and is produced and presented by Rustic Films whose previous films include Synchronic, The Endless, Spring, and She Dies Tomorrow.
Pruning is a film exploring what it means to benefit from the human capacity for division and hate. It’s a character study about a woman who gets what she wants at the worst imaginable cost, and how she deals with that cognitive dissonance. The film tackles themes of gun violence, the need to be right in a culture of fanatical certainty, and the real-life consequences of extreme rhetoric.
Lola Blanc is an incredibly talented multi-hyphenate as a filmmaker, popular podcaster, musical artist and actor who thrives in all of her mediums.
Lola Blanc’s film directorial work has been spotlighted by Pitchfork, Fangoria, and prestigious short film channel Omeleto, and has been selected by film festivals including Fantastic Fest, Hollyshorts, Brooklyn Horror, Newport Beach Film Festival and Nantucket Film Festival.
Much of Blanc’s work is inspired by her childhood experience believing in a self-proclaimed prophet. Her podcast about cults and extreme belief, Trust Me, has been featured by the New York Times and Harper’s Bazaar.
As a musical artist, Blanc's music has garnered tens of millions of streams and has been featured by Billboard, Paper, V Magazine, and more; her song Angry Too has over 40 million streams on Spotify and she has also written songs for other artists, including Britney Spears and K-pop superstars Itzy.
Blanc's acting credits include Under the Silver Lake and American Horror Story; she has over 200,000 followers across social media.
Lola Blanc will be in attendance at 2023 Shortfest in Palm Springs and is available for interview and guest opportunities. Ticket links and more information for attendees will be announced soon.
PRUNING Synopsis: Sami is controversial. It's how she makes her living, it's her bread and butter--and her exploding internet fanbase is eating it up. So when she discovers that a recent mass shooting was inspired by her rhetoric, she ignores it. After all, crazy people have nothing to do with her. Right? That's what she tells herself, even as the physical manifestation of her conscience grows harder and harder to ignore, forcing her to decide whether to get rid of it altogether.
Lola Blanc film starring Madeline Brewer