The Lowdown on “Ignis Fatuus”

We are in pre-production for our upcoming short film “Ignis Fatuus!”

“Ignis Fatuus”  is a short film about a woman who is raped by her boyfriend while trying to break up with him, her confusion over how to deal with it and two men who can’t comprehend unrequited feelings.

Julia, the new girl in town, is intensely attracted to her absurdly good-looking boyfriend, Vic.  The trouble is, she doesn’t like him very much; he’s arrogant and they have nothing in common.  Convinced she is playing hard-to-get when she breaks up with him, Vic doesn’t take her emphatic protests seriously as he overpowers her and carries her to the bedroom.  At a loss for how to process what’s happened to her, she confides in her two best friends, Abe and Sarah.  Abe vows to physically confront Vic and Sarah urges Julia to go to the police.  Julia’s self-blame, shame and embarrassment lead her to beg them to do nothing. 

Alone, Abe and Julia discuss their very different ideas on what is to be done.  Sarah acknowledges there’s nothing they can do but support Julia but Abe simply can’t accept it.  Admitting his feelings for Julia, he asks the eternal nice-guy question “why do women always go for the assholes?”  Sarah’s answer is one that isn’t often heard, but perhaps it should be.

The film explores gray areas and ambiguities and is intended to raise questions and spark debate.  It is intended for the festival circuit.  We’ll be shooting in early November and will hopefully have it cut by the end of January 2015.

Right now we are looking for a few things for production:

An actor to play Vic:  Auditions will be September 27.  Union/non-union.  Male, mid 30s. Vic is a self-absorbed, well-groomed man, who is very conscientious about his physical shape. He is confident and knows what he likes.

Crew:  1st Assistant Camera, Gaffer, Key Grip, Sound Recordist, Boom Operator, Production Assistant

Location:  A “bachelor’s pad,”  Vic’s place.  Well kept, masculine.  Needs to have a kitchen, a hallway and a bedroom.  Vic has a dog, so there will be an extraordinarily well trained dog on the set.

This short has a micro-budget, so we aren’t able to pay anyone.  All our cast and crew are volunteers, who we appreciate immensely, who are doing it out of their passion for the art and love of the script.

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