Synopsis: When three female friends sense danger on a camping trip, they keep each other laughing until a horrible twist makes them feel more alone than ever.
As a writer, director and comedian, my brand has always been DIGNITY. I create character-driven stories of hardships met with humor, silliness, strength and tenderness. Of late, as an artist, activist and a woman, I’ve veered into an area a little darker: FEAR and how we use comedy to cope with the horror of the mundane. In 3 DAYS, three women friends are scared by a sound in the woods, and cheer themselves up by teasing each other. Their best defense against an unknowable threat is to find their fears collectively ridiculous and laugh at them together. When we realize to our horror at the end of the film that it’s been just one woman all along, wishing her friends into existence in the hope that their love and lightness saves her, it fills us with dread and sadness. This is how women in the public sphere feel all the time. We are warned not to travel alone, drink alone, eat alone, walk alone, run alone, live alone. We are not safe alone. As women rebel against these boundaries, so we are met with mortal real life consequences, and in our escape from this reality we lean on each other for empowerment and recognition. 3 DAYS is an anecdotal horror story about women’s bodies in public space and the role that female friendships play in our bravery. I hope that every person who watches it thinks in a new way about the fear women face every day, and the love, humor and courage that keeps our engines running.
A New York City native now living in Los Angeles, Julie Sharbutt is a writer, director, actor, and member of Film Fatales LA. Last year she was selected to develop an original episodic program, COOL NEW TOWN, as an Artist in the inaugural OneFifty Digital Storytellers Initiative through Time Warner Inc, in partnership with Beech Hill Films. Her debut feature as a writer/director, MOVED, was funded via Kickstarter and distributed by The Orchard in 2015 (now available on Amazon and iTunes). She co-created and starred in the improvised feature comedy THE WEEKEND, distributed by FilmBuff in 2014. An alum of Vanderbilt University and NYU’s MFA Acting Program, Julie has performed all over the country in theater, film and television, written comedy shows seen all over New York City and Los Angeles, and is also longtime performer at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theaters. Julie volunteers regularly with Inner-City Arts in Downtown LA, and specializes in comedy writing with feminist, humanist and political themes. She loves hiking, animals and ghost stories.