By Christopher Rosen
May 18, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
Life in Color

The Lower East Side Film Festival announced Tuesday that Life in Color, Katharine Emmer’s dramedy about two people struggling with depression, life and love in Los Angeles, will open the 5th annual New York fest. Life in Color debuted to strong reviews at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March.

“We’re thrilled to be showing Katharine Emmer’s feature debut. Life in Color encompasses everything we look for: great creative filmmaking made on a dime. Life in Color‘s wonderful storytelling and acting makes it a pleasure to watch and an experience we believe our audiences will enjoy,” festival director Damon Cardasis said in a statement.

Starring Emmer and Josh McDermitt (The Walking Dead) as the mismatched couple, Life in Color is Emmer’s first film as a writer-director. She helped fund the film, in part, with money earned as a nanny in Los Angeles, and has previously cited Lena Dunham among her inspirations.

“I thought, ‘I could do this too — I just have to write the script,'” Emmer said in an interview earlier this year.

Celebrating five years in existence, the Lower East Side Film Festival is in its relatively nascent stages, but it still attracts high-caliber talent. This year, judges include Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox and Parker Posey. The fest runs from June 11-21. More information can be found here. To learn more about Life in Color, head here.