Just Hysterics is an all female sketch show that lives exclusively on the web. It is created for women, by women and helps give the world some extra smiles. Our sketches are written, directed, filmed, edited, sound mixed and starring women!
Directors: Hannah Jack, Lindsey Middleton & Gráinne O’Flynn
Writers: Hannah Jack, Lindsey Middleton & Gráinne O’Flynn
Cinematographer: Danielle Thorn
Cast: Hannah Jack, Lindsey Middleton & Gráinne O’Flynn, Owen Fawcett, Ben Hayward and Brendan Murray
THE BOXCAR ADULTS
When four children in their late twenties don't want to return to their real lives after Burning Man, they take up residence in an abandoned boxcar. How hard can it possibly be?
Country: United States
Director: Julie Pearson
Writer: Julie Pearson
Cinematographer: Sara Garth
Cast: Rich Gibbs, Camille Campbell, Nikki Taguilas-Pierce, Mark Renaudin
Director bio: Julie Pearson is a writer, director, and comedian based in Los Angeles. As a writer, her work has appeared online on Reductress, WhoHaha, Hello Giggles, Yahoo! News, MovieMaker Magazine, and more. Her parody lifestyle blog My Adequate Lifestyle has readers all over the world and as been deemed an "adequate success." As a director, she most recently directed The Elevator, a devised play with Cursed Champagne Productions for the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and directed a number of devised stage productions while living in Chicago. Julie performs stand up and storytelling around LA, and studied improv at Upright Citizen's Brigade, iO Chicago, and the Annoyance Theater.
Sideways Smile is a comedic series about an Asian-American woman who reluctantly enrolls in a class to learn how to have an orgasm.
It captures the journey of an Asian American woman exploring her identity and sexuality. It shows Asian American women being awkward, funny, and queer -- characteristics that we rarely get to see represented in American mainstream media. Asian women are too often portrayed as exotic, submissive, quiet, and tiger moms. I hope that the Asian American women who see this film will be able to see themselves in a story where they get to be three-dimensional, flawed humans navigating the space between who society tells them to be vs who they want to be.
Country: United States
Director: Hang Nguyen
Writer: Hang Nguyen
Producers: Hang Nguyen, Diane Chen, Jackie Schwartz, Iya Megre
Cast: Kathy Huynh-Phan, Diane Chen
Director bio: Hang Nguyen (she/her) is a a director, writer, and producer. Most recently, she won the inaugural Made in NY: Women in Film grant for Sideways Smile. She is the founder of Femsex Boston, an organization that runs a community workshop on female sexuality and identity. She is a member of the improv troupe Not Quite NASA and most recently starred in their sketch musical, Kung Fu Nuns. When she’s not working in film, Hang is helping to create engaging learning experiences and teaching data science to adult learners.
HOW TO BUY A BABY
Thirty something couple JANE and CHARLIE have long given up on having a baby the fun way. They have also given up on having a baby the medically invasive way too. But while they lack the genetic components to make a child, they refuse to give up on being parents together. After many failed rounds of infertility treatments, season two of How to Buy a Baby finds Jane and Charlie in the throes of adoption, a process steeped in paperwork, parenting classes, home inspections and difficult decisions about just how far they are willing to go to become parents. Darkly funny and achingly honest, season two of How to Buy a Baby will follow Jane and Charlie as they navigate adoption. The series will continue to provide a voyeuristic view of a marriage under pressure and prove that even the most difficult experiences, that challenge our very biology, can connect us to humanity and make us laugh.
Director: Adriana Maggs
Writer: Wendy Litner
Producers: Lauren Corber, Wendy Litner
Cast: Meghan Heffern, Marc Bendavid
PULL MY FINGER
Pull My Finger is the triumphant 7 part saga, where a son pulls his father's when asked. In each episode we are presented with the same scenario, each time taking a wildly different turn. Some episodes are mind-bending, while others are downright grim. Eventually the series reaches an ultimate conclusion.
Directors: Jesse Vogelaar, Justin Villar
Writers: Jesse Vogelaar, Caitlyn Staples, Scott Limbrick, Hill Kuttner
Producers: Jesse Vogelaar
Cast: Ben Russell, Hill Kuttner
Director bio: Jesse Vogelaar is a freelance director in Melbourne, specialising in authentic on-screen humour. He uses tongue in cheek visuals to tell stories that have been picked up by NOWNESS, Vimeo Staff Picks, CANAL+ Justin Villar is a Product of the Philippines, Justin grew up in Singapore before heading off to Melbourne in 2013 to study Marketing. He is an aspiring filmmaker with a focus on the broad spectrum of comedy: from surreal, dark, to dramedies, and action, having had success with his online comedy shorts through the University of Melbourne's Farrago Magazine.