Twin sisters separated at birth and raised on different continents. It sounds like the plot for "The Parent Trap," but it's actually the premise for a new film based on the true story of 26-year-olds Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier.
Samantha lives in Los Angeles and is an actress. Anais is a recent fashion school graduate who studied in France and grew up in London. When Anais viewed the popular YouTube video "High School Virgin," she noticed an uncanny resemblance to the woman in the piece. The actress was Samantha, who also appears in the movie "21 & Over." A quick online search showed that the actress was born on November 19, 1987. Anais shares the same birth date. Suddenly, the fashion student began to wonder if they had even more in common than she initially thought.
Anais took action after she and her friends discovered that Samantha was also adopted. In a Facebook message to Samantha, Anais attempts to find what could be the final piece of the puzzle.
"So … I don't want to be too Lindsay Lohan," she hesitantly writes, a reference to the aforementioned movie. "But … how to put it … I was wondering where were you born?"
Turns out both ladies were born in South Korea. The Facebook message led to constant Skype calls. Eventually, they decided to meet in person. Samantha and her family flew to London to meet Anais and her family. Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, a film crew captured the first meeting along with other footage. This helped to create a trailer for "Twinsters."
With the funds raised and material recorded, Samantha and Anais were able to create a two-and-a-half-minute trailer. It ends with someone asking the women if they would like the results of a DNA test to confirm their relationship. The trailer then cuts to black.
The possible sisters started a second Kickstarter campaign to fund the completion and release of the movie. Their goal is $80,000, which they say will cover the cost of an editor along with publicity, legal fees, and film festival submissions.
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