A SHORT FILM

In a post-economic collapse America where fuel is scarce and money no longer holds its value, two teenagers, Brooke and Weasel, are trapped by the quietly growing commodification of women's bodies. Desperate for a way out, they steal a car in hope of finding a better future.

THE STORY

After an economic collapse has devastated the country, the American West is a mere shadow of what it once was. Roadside motels and gas stations are now sun bleached buildings that men use to hide. Here, money no longer holds its value and fuel is scarce. Women's bodies are quietly becoming a means of exchange, leaving most interactions between men and women to be purely sexual.

At one of these motels is Brooke, a quiet maid who buries her frustration in work. Her best friend is Weasel, a wild-child drifter, who is always searching for a way out of town. After Brooke has an uncomfortable sexual encounter with an older male motel guest, Weasel finds the keys to a weathered car that’s sitting out front, and they take the opportunity to escape.


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the filmmakers

Marie O’Connell — Executive Producer

Marie, a native of Ireland, began her career in commercial production. After moving to New York, she began working in post production and has worked on several feature films and television series. Her credits include the upcoming The Red Sea Diving Resort (’19), Barry Levinson’s Emmy-Nominated Paterno (’18), Laurie Simmons' My Art (’16), HBO’s The Deuce, and STARZ’s The Girlfriend Experience. By working on side projects throughout the years, she developed her passion for producing, and building projects from the ground up.

Christa Haley — Director, Writer, Producer

Christa began her career as an assistant to director Derek Cianfrance on the independent feature The Place Beyond the Pines (‘12). She has gone on to work in the editorial department on major feature films including Mary Poppins Returns (‘18), The Girl on the Train (‘16), Oliver Stone’s Snowden (‘16), and Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck ('17). Christa has directed videos for Vogue Germany featuring Kendall Jenner and world- renowned fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier. She has edited for brands including CoachBanana Republic, and Interview Magazine.

Max Cornillon — Writer

Max manages the department of Visitor Experience at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, where he also acts as the social media and marketing coordinator. On a daily basis he engages with the boundary-pushing programming and exhibition content with a mission to educate and celebrate unique voices across the medium. Previously, he interned with Emmy award-winning casting director Laura Rosenthal and Process Media productions.

Kyle Falcon — Producer

Kyle, works as an Assistant Editor in the Motion Picture Editor’s Guild. He’s worked on numerous Independent Features including two female directed projects that premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival; Reed Morano’s I Think We’re Alone Now (‘18) and Jennifer Fox’s Emmy-Nominated The Tale (‘18) which was acquired by HBO. Kyle has also worked closely with director and actor Ed Burns on his most recent project, Summertime (‘18) which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

Kelsey Smith — Director of Photography

Kelsey graduated from Champlain College and began her career working with prominent experimental director Jason Rodi in Montreal, QC. Since moving to New York, Kelsey has DP'd numerous short films, documentaries, music videos, and branded content spots. Her client list includes Spotify, Bang & Olufsen, Madewell, and Mass Appeal. She is driven by a passion for authenticity and strives to tell stories with a sense of veracious emotion.

View Kelsey’s work at www.kelseysmith.net

Jessica Folk — Co-Producer

Jess holds an M.F.A in Screenwriting from Chapman University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Scriptwriting at Western Kentucky University where she teaches both screenwriting and playwriting courses. Her screenplays have placed in national screenwriting competitions, including the California Women’s Film Festival. She was the screenwriter for the short film Five, whichpremiered in the African American Film Series for Badami Productions in 2016. She also has a background in development with the Lifetime Network on the shows Unreal and The Lottery.

PORTFOLIO : CHRISTA HALEY

THE STATEMENT

Christa Haley by Vala Kjarval

Christa Haley by Vala Kjarval

I remember the first time that a boy checked me out. I was thirteen and at the zoo. A few hours later, blood trickled down my leg. It felt so animalistic, this boy almost sensing that I was becoming a woman.

As I grew up men shouted at me. They waved their tongues and grabbed at my ass. A stranger slipped his fingers up my skirt as I passed him in a crowded bar. An angry boyfriend picked my body up and slammed it against a wall. And what upset me most was the feeling of having my identity mistaken. I was misread as a body that was sexually available.

Really, I was internally wrestling with two characters: the responsible Brooke who gets lost in her day-to-day work, protecting herself from chasing impossible goals, and the courageous Weasel who won’t stop fighting for everything she’s ever dreamed of. I only felt in control behind the wheel. I would drive aimlessly for hours just for a sense of freedom even though it cost my whole paycheck to fill the tank.

I would imagine myself escaping across the west, the frontier of masculinity. It’s in this same landscape that I want to give a home to femininity. A home to Brooke and Weasel. I am desperate to set the female body free from the expectations that have come to define it, and to confront the possibility of building my own future.

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