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Project of the Day: ‘Funeral Day’

Project of the Day: 'Funeral Day'

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Funeral Day

Tweetable Logline: Unable to deal with the funeral of his friend Ken and fearing he might have cancer himself, Scott embarks on a quest to become a better man.

Elevator Pitch: “Funeral Day” is a dark comedy about something nearly universal: the fear of death. The morning of the funeral of his friend Ken, who died of cancer, Scott finds a lump on his testicle. He doesn’t want to confront his friend’s death, and at the same time he doesn’t want to get tested and find out he too may be dying. So he skips the funeral and embarks of a quest to change his life. This leads him to a series of strange, funny and absurd encounters, the specter of his own mortality hanging constantly in the background.

Production Team: 

Jon Weinberg – Director / Producer
Ronnie Butler – Director / Producer
Christopher Carley, Jesse Alson-Milkman – Producers 
Kris Engstrand – Writer
Jeffrey A. Cunningham – Cinematographer
Jay Troutman – Editor

About the film: I decided to direct “Funeral Day” because I thought the script was funny and dark and it struck a chord with me. It’s a movie about feeling stuck, making changes and realizing life is short. I set out to make Funeral Day to unstick a few things in my own life. It deals with some serious issues, like cancer and mortality, in absurdist and comical ways. Sometimes I find that that’s the best way to deal with such serious things.

Current Status: In the process of editing, and we’re fundraising for pick-ups, score and sound mix.

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