Follow Casper Van Dien as he mansplains how to properly court potential romantic partners in this post #MeToo era. A searing political and social satire disguised as an educational video. The film is directed by Jennifer Wenger and Genevieve Marie. It is our pleasure to interview Genevieve Marie. The project was recently selected for the competition of Venice Shorts.
What was the inspiration behind the making of your film?
The inspiration for this film is constant harassment and the fragile masculine ego. There’s an ongoing issue with some men that it’s difficult to not harass women.
What is the most challenging aspect of working in the short comedy genre? The most challenging aspect of working in short comedy is developing the self assurance that what makes myself and my writing partner fall on the floor laughing, might actually be funny to complete strangers. Letting the audience in on our inside jokes.
When did you realize that you wanted to work in media and make films and what was the first film project that you worked on?
I first wanted to work in media when I saw Jurassic Park as a kid. Soon after, I was stealing my moms camera + using my brothers toys for lego videos, a Godzilla type of puppet short, and a terribly embarrassing strip show, where I’d put on all the clothes in my closet, removing layer after layer after layer. I recruited friends and family for a lot of little shorts and would turn school reports into video projects as a kid.
How did you choose the cast and the crew of the film and what was the most interesting aspect of production?
“Don’t Ask Where I Live” was pitched to me by my writing partner, Jennifer Wenger,
What genre of filmmaking fascinates you as a director and which genres do you prefer to continue working on? My favorite films combine genres. I love brain-benders: avant-garde, psychedelic horror, dark comedy, and any combination thereof. I want to create more projects that are absurd yet realistic, and visually confusing. I wanted to have a sketch show modeled after “The State” for the longest time.
How can cinema change the world and have an impact on society?
Cinema changes the world by changing the conversation. If you can use Marvel characters to promote perpetual war, you can recruit indefinitely. I want to make the opposite of that.
What is your next film project?
The next projects I have coming up are longer-format, feature film and episodical absurdist dark comedies, focused on femme- presenting LGBTQIA characters.