This short film was made over 48 hours for the PGA Make Your Mark Weekend Shorts Competition. Below are a list of the challenges;
The film had to draw on the spirit of the film maker Mike Nichols’. We had to choose two of these three settings;
· country estate
· 1980s/Reagan Era
Theme (choose at least one)
Corporate corruption/political activism: Nichols’ films often include characters engaged with corporate or government policy, either in their active drive to shape such policy, or in personal reactions to injustice or victimization. Often this engagement highlights the characters’ flaws even as it wins our sympathy.
Dynamics between men and women: Nichols’ films are filled with explorations of the ways that archetypal relationships between men and women play themselves out, as spouses/romantic partners, mothers and sons, teachers and students, and doctors and patients, among others.
No mercy for middle-class sacred cows: Nichols’ work frequently calls into question the value of middle-class status and the signifiers thereof, such as higher education, conventional dating & sexual etiquette, psychoanalysis, distinctions between high & low culture, conforming to traditional/community expectations as they relate to work, family, country, religion, etc.
We felt like we covered all of the elements that were required.