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‘Tormenting the Hen’ Mixes Social and Romantic Anxieties During an Ill-Fated Vacation

"You know when someone asks a really pointed question, without a friendship established and it feels intrusive, rude, even threatening?"

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Tormenting the Hen

Logline: A feature film tumult of social malaise and toxic love, set in the picturesque Berkshires!

Elevator Pitch:

When playwright Claire is invited to set her latest work at a rural theatre company, her fiancé Monica tags along for a much-needed vacation. Upon encountering Mutty, an enigmatic groundskeeper with a gross lack of boundaries, Monica’s hopes for respite, her future with Claire, and her very sanity are thrown into jeopardy.

Production Team:

Theodore Collatos – Writer, Director, Cinematographer and co-editor (“Dipso”, “Time”)
Ben Umstead – Producer (“Albatross”, “Three Fingers”)
George Manatos – Producer, Editor (“Come Down Molly”, “Red Right Return”)
Matt Grady – Producer (“Applesause”, “Summer of Blood”)

Carolina Monnerat as Monica
Matt Shaw as Mutty (“Dipso”, “Albatross”)
Dameka Hayes as Claire (“The Lion King”, “The Color Purple”)
Josephine Decker as Sarah (“Collective: Unconscious”, “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely”, “Butter on the Latch”)
Brian H. Brooks as Joel (“Boardwalk Empire”, “Motown”)
David Malinsky as Adam (“Abby Singer / Songwriter”)

About the Film:

These days, it seems words can be just as offensive as actions as we’re in a constant state of war, civil unrest and social denial. Instead of looking at this dissonance from an “us vs. them,” micro vs. macro mentality, the film gets in on the person to person level.

You know when someone asks a really pointed question, without a friendship established and it feels intrusive, rude, even threatening?

Language, judgment, perception, lives colliding amidst mistrust, fascinates me…

Realizing characters of vastly cultures, economic class and ethnicity became a great dramatic vehicle for illustrating the world we live in.

Current Status: We have picture lock and are raising funds for a color correction, sound design and mix, music licensing, DCP and festival fees.

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