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An absurdist dark comedy about two kidnappers and their latest victim.
An absurdist dark comedy about two kidnappers and their latest victim.
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What is HENCH?

Toby dreams big, letting his imagination always get the best of him while Oskar dulls his depression with endless e-cigarettes. The only thing that keeps them bound to each other is their kidnapping business - it's a thankless job, but someone's gotta do it. 

Our two henchmen have been pulling off their dirty deeds without a hitch... until a new victim derails their plan. Will she blow their cover? Drive a wedge between the pair? And who wanted her kidnapped in the first place?

Where did we get that idea? 

Hench started when we went to see our dear friend Estefania Fadul's play Persephone which she presented as part of the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival.  It was written by Matthew Minnicino and we couldn't stop cracking up the whole way through.

It got our wheels turning and that was the jumping off point for Hench, a short film that brings together two kidnappers and their latest victim whose fate is now in their hands. Or is it? 

We want to tip our hats to great dark comedies that are so deliciously morbid : Fargo, Seven Psychopaths, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Raising Arizona to name a few... Spot them in our mood reel below! 

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Recently Fandor, one of the online homes of our first feature film Days of Gray (a Kickstarter-funded film), launched an amazing initiative called FIXShorts in collaboration with Kickstarter. We're honored that they chose our short as one of six projects to support. In a nutshell: we need your help to raise $5,000 and Fandor will match that with a $5,000 grant to get this project off the ground. 

What's Fandor?

FANDOR is creating a community of film lovers and makers connected by meaningful and entertaining cinematic experiences. Fandor helps you find the right film to watch by presenting you with carefully selected independent films from around the world that will open your heart, feed your mind and heighten your senses.

By investing in strategic partnerships with festivals (F|FA) and individual filmmakers (FIX), Fandor strongly believes in generating greater opportunities for filmmakers. Fandor's award-winning films can be enjoyed through TV, desktop, and mobile devices.

Fandor has launched a new initiative called FIXshorts to help fund 5 short films from FIX filmmakers. Fandor will help promote and feature the films and guarantee distribution on the service when the films are completed! 

We're excited to be in such good company! Please check out our fellow FIX filmmakers and their incredible projects: 

Pig/Pork by Josh Gibson, a musical documentary film that explores the world and interconnected systems of the industrialized hog farm.

Every Fold Matters by Lynne Sachs and Lizzie Olesker, a hybrid experimental film that looks into the charged intimacy of washing clothes in a neighborhood laundromat.

The Eternal by Daniel Stuyck, an existential ghost story about a pizza delivery driver who receives a cryptic transmission from beyond the grave.

AND Tombstone Rashomon by Alex Cox (who directed Sid and Nancy and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - no big deal) which is over on Indigogo.

And who are we? 

Ani and Cailin at the Luxembourg City Film Festival
Ani and Cailin at the Luxembourg City Film Festival

We're Ani Simon-Kennedy and Cailin Yatsko AKA BICEPHALY PICTURES, a one-stop production company based in New York City. We joined forces after meeting at Prague Film School in 2010. Ani writes and directs, Cailin shoots and together we produce original content for bands, brands and fans. 

We've shot over 100 pieces of digital content for clients such as MoMA, Bloomingdale's, and Condé Nast and have created web series for James Franco TV, Glamour Magazine, and Dailymotion. 

Our first feature film Days of Gray, a dystopian coming-of-age film, was nominated for Best Score at the Icelandic Film Awards and won Best Album at the Icelandic Music Awards. Days of Gray has screened at film festivals worldwide, winning Best Emerging Narrative at the 2014 Oaxaca Film Festival.  

Days of Gray (2013)
Days of Gray (2013)

Our second feature film The Short History of the Long Road is currently in development after winning the Dernsie Award for Best Screenplay sponsored by Bruce Dern at the inaugural Bentonville Film Festival. It was selected to participate in Cine Qua Non Screenwriting Lab, RBG's Emerging Storytellers at IFP Film Week, and Film Independent Screenwriting Lab.

This could be you watching our next film!
This could be you watching our next film!

Risks and challenges

Our greatest hope for this short is that audiences connect with the story and our characters. In order to achieve that, we're still fine-tuning the script so that the film can be the greatest version of itself possible. Good films take time and we'll give it the time it needs to really shine. Please bear in mind this may have some repercussions on the delivery of rewards such as being an extra or receiving a Polaroid from set.

We pinkie swear to keep all of our backers in the loop, and be as transparent as possible in regards to timing. It's thanks to you that this film is seeing the light of day in the first place and we want to honor you coming on board with us by keeping open lines of communication. Even with such a fantastic partner as Fandor on our side, making a short film and releasing it out into the world is a process that takes time. If you've read through all of this and you're still ready to join our circus, WELCOME and thank you!

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    If you are in New York for Halloween, Ani and Cailin will help you mastermind the best Halloween costume you've ever worn. And you'll need it as we'll all be dancing the night away at our annual Halloween Party/4th anniversary of Bicephaly Pictures on October 31, 2015!

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