I don't think movies are content. I think they're magic, I think they're more real than real life. I make films or movies or smut or whatever you want to call it, and I do it because I want people to feel shit, not to sell shit.
So what is this smut or whatever about?
WHISKEY FIST is a short film that uses absurd and vulgar comedy to probe the sensitive social sphincter holding back a much-needed dialogue on the obstacles to empathy between genders. It's set in the world of "branding", where our young protagonist, Justin, works. In danger of assimilating the misogyny of his environment, Justin seems in certain danger of becoming a douchebag. But one night a mysterious blonde impregnates him with a bottle of high-end whiskey -- magical realism ensues.
Why are you making this weird thing?
My previous short, KISS KISS FINGERBANG, was also an adult fairy tale that used comedy to lubricate discussion. I have high hopes that I'll achieve the same success with using WHISKEY FIST to draw attention to the dangerous trend in legislation limiting women's access to health care that motivates its plot.
Last month Oklahoma's legislature passed a law criminalizing abortion. Yep, contravening federal law. The governor (a woman) vetoed the bill within hours, but clearly enemies of reproductive rights are searching for an opportunity to challenge Roe v. Wade.
In the meantime, states are chipping away at access to care with bills that force women to endure biased counseling, mandatory waiting periods, even force them to look at ultrasounds. These obstacles come on top of the closure of health centers all over the country; for many the closest women's clinic is in another state, or more than 400 miles away.
The majority of legislators are still men. Men are making the laws controlling women's bodies. Until we achieve parity in elected offices the best we can do is achieve empathy. WHISKEY FIST is my attempt to build understanding between genders on this issue.
We can cry at the inability of women to control the fate of their own bodies... but let's not forget to laugh too! Hahahahahahahaha...
Who is behind this filth?
WHISKEY FIST is my second professional short. My last film, KISS KISS FINGERBANG, won the Jury Award for Best Midnight Short at SXSW, then went on to play at other great festivals like Maryland Film Festival and Cucalorus. When it went up online on Fandor it was the most popular short on the platform for weeks.
I'm hopeful that WHISKEY FIST will have the same success and that's why I'm keeping the same crew as before -- including cinematographer Olivia Kuan, art director Dayna Smith and composer Phil Beaudreau. And I'm putting together a great cast:
Chase Williamson is Justin
Chase first broke out in the Sundance cult hit JOHN DIES AT THE END, but it was watching him in LACE CRATER last year that I realized I'd found the actor who could deliver the comedy and sensitivity needed to carry WHISKEY FIST.
Joining the cast are Peter Vack (Mozart in the Jungle, 6 Years)
Ross Partridge (who also directed the brilliant LAMB)
as well as Megan Mercier (Digging for Fire) and the up-and-coming Lacey Dorn.
How much is this shit going to cost?
There is no traditional financing model for shorts. There aren't many investors out there because it's nearly impossible to make money off them. Kickstarter is a great way to fund short form narratives because it lets the audience (you!) fund films you want to see.
Why is the goal set for $8,000? Because Fandor, an innovative and awesome streaming platform, chose us for their FixShorts initiative, which means if we meet our goal, they'll give us $5,000. Roughly $13,000 is what it will take to create and finish this film.
The money goes to:
-- paying cast and crew and feeding them
-- equipment rentals
-- post-production costs (coloring, sound mix, DCP)
-- location fees
and many many other expenses.
Thank you for your interest and support!
Risks and challenges
I'm determined to make this film. I believe in what I'm saying and I believe this is the right way to do it. So I'm gonna do it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (27 days)