From co-writers & co-directors Joseph Frank and Zachary Reed, comes this peculiar SXSW-bound indie drama titled “Sweaty Betty,” set on the Washington DC border, which tells 2 stories of big dreams: a family determined to turn their 1000 pound pig into the Redskins’ football team mascot; and 2 teenage fathers scheming a better life for themselves and their children.
The official synopsis reads: “In a cramped row house on the border of Washington D.C., two stories of big dreams take place. Floyd and his family have raised a 1,000 pound pig in their backyard, and are determined to turn her into the team mascot for the Redskins football team. Floyd puts his plan into motion, but the pig, named Miss Charlotte, draws unwanted attention. A few blocks away, Rico and Scooby, two teenage single fathers and best friends, are hanging around the neighborhood. As they scheme up a better life for themselves and their children, they are presented with an unexpected opportunity.
The filmmakers, both residents of the area in which it is set, seemingly embraced a true DIY, indie approach in getting the film made – essentially making the community a part of the film, by casting locals to play versions of themselves. The results: a semi-improvised project, which, based on the below clips, definitely helps give the film a certain realism, which I assume is what the filmmakers were going for.
The cast includes Rico Mitchell, Seth Dubose, Floyd Rich III, Uncle Bay, Tarich Rich, Floyd Rich V, Chrissy Rich, Charlotte the Pig, and Cassy the Dog.
Produced by Frank and Reed, the film will screen in the Narrative Competition at SXSW, which kicks off this week. It’s world premiere screening takes place this Sunday, March 15, at 1:30 pm.
I’m not present at SXSW this year, but the film will be reviewed on this blog eventually.
In the meantime, S&A has been granted an exclusive first look at the poster for “Sweaty Betty” which is embedded below. You’ll also find a couple of clips from the film underneath.