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Synopsis: An unlikely pair comes together at a dystopian pizza party for sexual assault survivors: #42, a quiet high schooler meets #1, a quick-witted litigator due with her first child any day now and accompanied by her loving husband, Max. Their relationship blooms and #42 becomes #1’s greatest teacher. Through solidarity, #42, #1 and every woman in the room begin to reconcile with and acknowledge the innocence that was taken away from them.

Run Time

12 minutes

Starring

Jen Ponton
Gene Gallerano
Margot Bingham
Cappy Elvir
Helen Warshofsky

Directed by

Tessa Hope Slovis

Executive Producer

Michael Slovis
Maria Heritier
Gene Gallerano
Becky Ann Baker
Dylan Baker

Produced by

Kyrha Lever

Edited by

James Boger
Christina Lind

Production Designer

Luke Carr

Director's Statement

In the spring of 2019, during my final year of MFA acting training, we were tasked to write a short film for a class, led by my now collaborator Gene Gallerano., I had just begun listening to the NPR podcast, “Believed,” an exposé on the Larry Nassar trials, a case I felt deeply connected to. I learned that on the eve of the trial, litigators hosted some of the survivors to prep them for their testimonies and fed them… pizza. I was thrown by the juxtaposition of the innocence of gathering in a drab function hall for a slice of bad pizza and the brutality of Nassar’s acts. This laid the foundation for the script about a dystopian pizza party for sexual assault survivors that unravels into an epic fantasy world where women become ghost-like versions of their younger selves.

Country of Origin

USA

Production Year

2019

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