Bubble Butt: A Stillwell Tale
Bubble Butt is an absurdist thromedy (thriller/comedy. It'll catch on.) about a 34-year-old momma’s boy named Brandon who, chances are, hasn’t done a sit-up since the womb. Out of the reach of his overbearing household, Brandon keeps a stash of pornography deep in the woods and visits the area regularly. Here he sheds off the constraints of being a person in society and can truly be himself.
During one of these visits, Brandon comes across an unconscious woman, hair stringy and covering her face, getting pulled slowly into a large hole in the ground. He tries to help but the hole is too strong so he runs off with the intention of never thinking about this moment ever again, a common practice for Brandon.
But the hole persists by devouring the stash of porn Brandon holds most dear, and he has no choice but to dive in himself and confront the very thing he wants left in the dusty crevices of his memory.
A note from the director:
This story has been excavated from the deep recesses of my spirit, and I greatly appreciate that you have taken the time to explore these crooks and crannies. I find it slightly embarrassing to admit any personal connection to the material, especially the more grotesque qualities inherent in the piece, but nonetheless, it is very much an autobiographical tale about repression, one of the most universal yet taboo topics in the history of the planet. Film, along with other group-based creative projects, seem to be in a better position than any other art forms to tackle this challenge, due to the allowed distance between the maker(s) and finished product. There is never a mandatory personal connection between the two, and the concepts of "influence" or "inspiration" can further muddy the waters. A creator is safe, for the most part, from unwanted parallels and comparisons.
In the case of Bubble Butt, I will not hide behind this buffer zone. The vision of a man who thoroughly stashes a collection of pornography in the woods coming across an unconscious female body being sucked into an anal-like hole came from deep within me and has stuck around long enough for me to finally acknowledge it’s existence and value in my life. I’m very grateful to have caught this glimpse of my deeper (still rather repressed) self, and look forward to sharing it with as many people as possible. Perhaps, even, it can help start a conversation about those images, feelings, or impulses we’ve got stuck down in the dark well within us, begging to burst out into the open air.
Our total budget is $10,000. The rest ($6,000) is being raised through investments and grants. Where much of our budgets in the past have been mainly allocated to cast and crew rates and food, for Bubble Butt we have some unique line items.
A large piece of our budget will go to building and crafting the hole that Brandon descends into. We want this to look as realistic as possible, which requires us to build a structure that is dug into the ground and has a "sphincter" that can stretch around him as he enters. We have the schematics in place already.
Though our budget is tight by many standards, we like the creative challenge it offers us. But having too tight a budget can constrict. Your contributions will help us immensely.
A film writer/director/watcher/maker based in Philadelphia. Since the pre-Y2K world, Graham has been working with and around cameras, making a large variety of films in vastly different shapes and sizes. His focus is writing and directing his own films with a preference for the surreal, but Graham also works on larger productions, such as the film “Zombeavers,” as a Director’s Assistant. He won a writing scholarship for the David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts and is currently working on his MFA degree by collaborating on a $200,000 Web series based in Iowa.
TJ Magg has managed films for six years, with experience in short, feature-length, and commercial productions. His experience combined with strong critical thinking and analytical skills sets the foundation for his quick decision-making. His democratic management style seeks to ease collaboration, and his knowledge in logistics addresses problems many short films experience before they happen. He firmly believes that the cast and crew’s morale is the most important element of any production and is constantly looking to serve his team.
Isaac is a writer/producer/audio engineer based out of the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania with a soft spot for the oddly humorous. A cinephile since childhood, Isaac began work as a passionate writer and found his place on set as a sound recordist. In recent years, however, he has turned toward producing. Whether it’s developing his own stories or nurturing the creative drive of others, Isaac believes meaningful work can be created personally, precisely, and efficiently, and he’s always happy to help make it happen.
Jack Nitz grew up in Upper Darby and studied film and media arts at Temple University. He now resides in Los Angeles and works on commercials and in television. His interest in cinematography ranges between documentary and narrative, but above all else he enjoys capturing surreal and unnatural images that challenge our idea of normal.
Risks and challenges
Bubble Butt requires a hole to be dug in the ground to simulate Brandon's descent into this womb. While at first this seemed a daunting, yet fun, task, after much deliberation we now have the plans to build it, and just require the resources to construct it.
We also require a small, talented, and hardworking crew, and luckily we have that crew through our experience in film production in New York, Pennsylvania, and Los Angeles.
While many of our crew members are self-starters, our main obstacle now is that we lack the budget to pay for them along with the building of the hole.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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