The Electrolux & Judith Piper is a short, stylized film set in the 1950's. Our hope? Use the short to produce a full scale feature film
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A short film titled The Electrolux and Judith Piper. Why a short film? Short films are a proven stepping stone, launching the careers of many young artists. They help spread awareness, give a detailed sample of your work and secure funding to adapt your film into a full scale feature. The feature films Napoleon Dynamite, Half Nelson, District 9, Office Space, 12 Monkeys, Bottle Rocket, and Boogie Nights all started with a short film and in most cases kept the original cast and director for the feature film that followed. Influential filmmakers Christopher Nolan, Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Sam Raimi all started out making short films.
It’s the summer of 1951 and Judith Piper, a suburban house wife, couldn’t be more dejected. Her mundane life consists of a piteous daily routine: cleaning, cooking, and tending to the needs of her unappreciative, over bearing, and often hot-headed husband. All seems about to change, when Judith’s good friend refers her to a couple of door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesmen, who are actually covering for a service that tends to the sexual needs of unsatisfied house wives. The story takes an unexpected turn when Judith realizes one of the salesmen is in fact her old high school sweet heart, Richard Weatherby, a fact that doesn’t sit well with his traveling understudy Gary Hickerson, who’s about to attempt his first “pitch.” A meeting of all three at the Piper household proves to be both awkward, dangerous and unexpected.
We will be shooting The Electrolux and Judith Piper on the brand new ALEXA by ARRI. This new digital camera made by ARRI, arguably the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of motion picture cameras, is slated to redefine the digital age of film making. Behind the camera is our director Bridger Nielson. Originally from Park City, Utah, Bridger graduated from USC, and is currently a director and cinematographer in the greater Los Angeles area. He most recently signed on to make his feature film directorial debut with Automatic Films. The untitled film is in pre-production and begins principal photography in 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bridger is a cinematographer at WPA (Worldwide Production Agency).
We are a creative, independent team of writers, directors, actors and producers based in Los Angeles, CA. Collectively, we have made several acclaimed films spanning comedy, action and drama. Our most recent projects have included the short film titled The Adoption Agency (starring Rex Lee from HBO’s Entourage), which opened the 2011 LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival-one of the "Top Ten Film Festivals in the U.S." by the Brooks Institute. The film opened the festival alongside such notable artists as Michael Cera (Superbad, Arrested Development), Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall), and Bryan Austin Green (90210, Desperate Housewives). In addition, The Adoption Agency won the 2011 Christopher Wetzel Award for Independent Film Comedy and will be screening as part of the 2011TWIX PRESENTS: TBS JUST FOR LAUGHS CHICAGO, featuring comedians Joel McHale, Louis CK, Seth Meyers, Steve Martin and Martin Short, just to name a few. Our team has also worked in conjunction with Will Ferrell’s website FunnyOrDie.com, writing, acting, directing and producing the sketch Shannon Elizabeth Vs. Black Ops starring Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie, Scary Movie). The video received over 176,000 views online and garnered “IMMORTAL” status (overwhelmingly voted “funny” by viewers) respectively. On April 9th, 2011 our dark, dramatic, short film noir Everything But Suicide made its world premiere debut at the Beverly Hills International Film Festival. Considered one of the most exclusive film festivals in the world, the Beverly Hills International Film Festival presented the 2011 honorary award to actor Jon Voight. Besides film, our team has worked on national commercial campaigns in various capacity for Burger King, NFL, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Nissan, Sony, Spike TV, T-Mobile, and Dominos.
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All donations will go toward producing and promoting this short film. Including but not limited to costumes, set locations, equipment, crew, editing, sound mixing, music score, festival submissions, marketing materials, etc. It’s not easy re-creating 1951, but we are confident that with your help and our amazing creative team, that we can produce both a visually stunning and thought provoking film.
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