The third annual meeting of the Second Amendment Sisters: Pennsylvania chapter is underway with its President, Bobbi Czajkowski, initiating new members. After a light-hearted day of training by shooting pumpkins, they gather around the bonfire at night to discuss why they carry a gun. From domestic violence to mistrusting the government to impending environmental catastrophe, the reasons are many, but the intention, only one: safety. Bobbi excuses herself from the group to go pee in the woods. Alone in the dark, she’s gripped by a primal fear and reaches for her trusted gun.
This was originally a sequence in my feature script, Survival of the Holy Fool. The plan was to shoot these scenes and use them as a teaser to raise financing for the film but a few days before we shot I decided to write an ending scene that could make the sequence a stand alone short film. I've always enjoyed spin off shorts (like Hotel Chevalier from Darjeeling Limited) where you learn more about a character's backstory.
Joy Marzec is a writer and director who has always liked fairy tales, myths, ghost and surrealistic stories. As a kid she wrote scenes and directed her friends in plays. In 2018, she finished her first feature film, I AM THAT, which is available on Amazon Prime and DirectTV. I AM THAT won Best New Mexico Feature at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, Excellence in Film at the Defy Film Festival, Critic's Choice at the L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival, and Best Feature at the Houston Pacific Islander Film Festival.
Her second film, I Pledge Allegiance To Myself, will be released winter of 2021. Staying true to punk and DIY or DIE she will be self releasing this film.
Her third film, Survival of the Holy Fool, is set in Philadelphia and is an urban drama about a politically divided neighborhood that erupts into a riot and is brought together by an outsider who changes the community forever. She will be shooting this over the course of 2020 and 2021.
She recently completed a short film, Pumpkin Shoot Out, which will be released fall of 2020.
You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
Christine Meyers is a Costume Designer, Production Designer, and Cinematographer who has created for opera, theatre, dance, and film. Collaborations spanning these genres include experimental dance company zoe|juniper, music videos for The Head and the Heart, and classic Tartuffe at Seattle Shakespeare Company. She has created dissolving dresses for an Alice in Chains’ video and worked with the Handel Festival in Göttingen, Germany and Drottningholm, Sweden.
Regional Credits: Sex with Strangers (Portland Center Stage)Circle Mirror Transformation, This, Speech and Debate(Seattle Repertory Theatre) Peter Pan, The Highest Tide, Little Bee(Book-It Repertory Theatre) Twelfth Night, Tartuffe, Julius Caesar(Seattle Shakespeare Company) Film Credits: Lethal Cotillion, I Am That, Bhakti Boy, 21 and Over(dyer) Tom and the Domme, Buried Girl Broadway Assistant Credits: Matilda, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Groundhog Day, Escape to Margaritaville.
You can follow Christine on Facebook and/or Instagram.
Gino Varisano has worked in the film industry for the past 10 years. He has worked on projects for many major brands including Nike, Apple, Disney, and Kodak as well as respected artists like NAS, The Muppets, and The War on Drugs. In addition to commercial projects and music videos he has worked on many narrative projects ranging from short indie films to major feature length productions such as M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass", and the Apple streaming series "Servant." Along the way he has learned many valuable tricks and techniques to help bring a story to life visually while also working efficiently to keep a film on schedule.
Mitch Marzec’s love of recording began when he purchased his first four track at age 15. A self-taught recording artist, Mitch has spent 20 years producing his own projects (two albums for the band An American Chinese –CMJ best emerging artist award). His self recorded songs got airtime on XPN, the Deli Mag and Y-Not radio, which quickly led to freelance recording/mastering work for bands in Philadelphia, Seattle, Brooklyn and Albuquerque. Very organically Mitch’s body of work expanded as he was asked to do sound design/composition for plays and films. He has written soundtracks for all three of Joy Marzec’s films, The Medicine Wheel, Bhakti Boy, and most recently, I AM THAT. Mitch owns and records bands out of his Philadelphia recording studio, Siamese Twin Studio. You can follow his band, An American Chinese, on Facebook.
Bridget received her MFA in acting from The University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to her masters, Bridget trained in the Meisner Technique at the Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York City.
Recent film and TV credits include: Person of Interest, All My Children, Days and Nights, Praise and Blame, and The Guardian. Bridget can also be seen in the HBO documentary, Casting By.
She has performed regionally with Theatre Exile, Delaware Shakespeare, Inis Nua, Seattle Rep, Opera House Arts, among others. Favorite theatre roles include Adele in the American premiere of Mark O'Rowe's Our Few and Evil Days, Penny in John Pollono's Lost Girls, and the Princess in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. Favorite film work include leading roles in Ways to Look at the Moon; Processing; Another Time; Maya; and a fun supporting role in Grassroots, directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal. She holds her MFA in Acting from the University of Washington.
She is the writer and director of the films Selkie, Another Time, and Human Being. Her work explores subtle science fiction and fantasy through getting lost, connection, romantic notions, theatricality, bright colors, and silliness overcoming aggression and control. The films have screened at film festivals around the US and UK where Amy has met lots of great people.
Amy is an adjunct professor of acting and acting for the camera at Temple University and the University of the Arts.
Theater includes: Off-Broadway: White Guy on a Bus (59E59ST Theatre). Regional credits: The Diary of Anne Frank (People's Light), As You Like It, Pericles, Comedy of Errors (Delaware Shakespeare) White Guy on a Bus (Delaware Theatre Company & Passage Theatre; Barrymore Award nomination for Outstanding Leading Actress), A Knee That Can Bend (Orbiter 3; Barrymore Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress), Milk Like Sugar (Simpatico Theatre Company), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Syracuse Stage). Training: Graduate of Syracuse University BFA Acting Program. Much love and thanks to the Thomas/Campbell family and Ki. Grandmer, this is for you always.
Excerpt of musicians playing song around the campfire.
Song written by Mitch Marzec.
Guitar and Vocals - Kristin Sharon Stone
Fiddle - Jessika Brust