Short Film: ALTERNATIVE MATH, 9min, USA, Comedy

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A well meaning math teacher finds herself trumped by a post-fact America.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 22, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    9,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
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Director BIO: CJ Colando

Director Biography

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CJ Colando graduated with a film degree from Penn State University in 2014 and has since worked behind the scenes on large scale productions such as the films of Woody Allen, Comedy Central’s INSIDE AMY SCHUMER and Amazon’s MOZART IN THE JUNGLE.

Director Statement

Let’s be honest. Far too often, reading a director’s statement for a short film is an exercise in tolerating unhealthy levels of self-indulgence from undeserving filmmakers. Perhaps I’m one of them. I actually yelled “Yuck!” out loud, several times, while writing the first pass at this. But if you’re still reading this far, I appreciate you sticking it out. I promise I’ll be quick.

The screenplay for JAKE & JULIA was written quite spontaneously as an exercise in short, comedic narrative writing. Eventually, enough successful industry professionals, whose opinions I considered to be more than worthy, suggested it be made into a short.

I knew actors Swann Gruen (Jake) and Booker Garrett (Chelsea the bartender) through my tenure in the AD department on Comedy Central’s INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, and once they had expressed their enthusiasm after reading the script, I conceded that this film should probably come to life. Actress Sarah Pribis (Julia), of the viral “Shiney Hiney” fame, became the last piece of the puzzle after throwing her into a successful blind rehearsal with Swann and Booker. Together, they made the characters into what I perceived them to be on paper: ones that skate the line of tired cliche, but just miss. Jake is almost the stupid pervy boyfriend archetype, but never fully goes into paint chips territory. Likewise, Julia just narrowly avoids being the stereotypical annoying, nagging, fun-hating girlfriend.

What some may hopefully find refreshing, and others will find juvenile, is the semi-superficiality of JAKE & JULIA. There is no existential theme, no social commentary, but rather has the single goal of being entertaining to an audience. Every stand-up comedian I have ever gotten to know has emitted an attractive, irrefutable desire to become a pleasant distraction from the stresses and horrors of real life. In many ways, we can argue this is the goal of JAKE & JULIA. If you can forget about real life for 12 minutes, we’ve done our job. If you find it funny, that’s just a bonus.

(So that wasn’t too bad, huh? I admit it got a little douchey by the last paragraph. I apologize.)

Director BIO: Gonzaga Manso (EDEN HOSTEL)

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My name is Gonzaga, I’m a director and photographer and I work mainly in advertising and art. I have had the pleasure of working for clients such as Pepsi, Movistar, Sony and Smart, and with agencies such as DDB, McCann-Erickson, Contrapunto BBDO and TBWA. Some of those works have been awarded in important international festivals, others not. As a cinematographer, I have worked together with prestigious Spanish directors such as Javier Fesser, Borja Cobeaga and Julio Medem. Hostal Edén is my first short film.

Director BIO: Igor Gavva (Comedy Film Festival)

Short Film Played at the COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles (September 2017)

Director Biography

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Igor Gavva was borned October 15, 1987 in a little town in Moldova. In nine years old he began to study in the school of circus arts. From 2003 – 2007 was educated in Kiev State College Variety and Circus Arts in Ukraine. He got diploma professional circus artist of hand-balancing. From that moment he travels around the world and works in circus, variete and cabaret.

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Absentminded juggler ready to perform in the circus, but one member of the audience steals his suitcase with props.

Director BIO: John Stamos (Comedy Film Festival)

Short Film Played at the COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles (September 2017)

INGENUE-ISH is John Stamos’s directorial debut.

A kind of young, sort of ethnic, LA actress takes us through her daily struggle to make it in show-biz without knowing someone, having a famous last name, or sleeping her way to the top. (One of these is false). Written by John Stamos and Caitlin McHugh.

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John Phillip Stamos (/ˈstms/ STAY-mohs; born August 19, 1963)[1] is an American actor, producer, and musician. He first gained recognition for his contract role as Blackie Parrish on General Hospital for which he was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He is known for his work in television, especially in his starring role as Jesse Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House. Since the show’s finale in 1995, Stamos has appeared in numerous TV films and series. Since 2005, he has been the national spokesperson for Project Cuddle.

Tom Botchii Skowronski – Director’s BIO. Short Film “NOVAK”

Short Film playing at the Los Angeles COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday June 1st. GET your FREE TICKETS

Director Biography

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Tom Botchii Skowronski is an award winning director specializing in dark, psychological thrillers that center around violent, personal stories. He believes in attaching heavy personal experience into each story he tells. His award winning short 11 Minutes told the story of a workplace shooter contemplating his actions while writing a suicide note. The note was real, written by Botchii 15 years prior to shooting. He believes directors should focus on trying to make something aesthetically pleasing, that’s not meant to be.

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Don Downie – Director’s BIO. Short film “Great Expectations”

Short Film playing at the Los Angeles COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday June 1st. GET your FREE TICKETS

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Don Downie is a director who creates films, television, digital content, and commercials. A native of Detroit and a self-taught filmmaker, Don first picked up a camera in 2004 — within a year, he was working professionally in TV, eventually racking up camera credits on shows such as Saturday Night Live, The Biggest Loser, CHOPPED, Innovation Nation, and Nat Geo’s Brain Games. Don launched his directing career with the creation of the ground-breaking web series podOpera Brooklyn, and the pilot Exit Strategy for TeenNick.

Recently, Don wrote and directed the award-winning short Pepper and the Salt Sea, a magical realism film about a photographer and a mermaid in post-Sandy Brooklyn. Upcoming projects include the short sex comedy Le Creuset (writer / director), the web series Royally (director) and the short film Cake (cinematographer).

Don’s is currently in development for two feature films with his production company Small Media Extra Large, which he founded in 2008.

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