What would the world look like if gender roles were reversed? How would things change? Michael Cross’ new comedy “Second Nature” takes a hard look at gender stereotyping by seeing what would happen if a man and a woman campaigned against each other in a world where women experience traditionally male privilege.
Upon the sudden death of a local politician, Amanda (Collette Wolfe) and Bret (Sam Huntington) both jump at the chance to run for mayor, but the two former classmates have very different ideas about how to run their small town. Amanda hopes to protect those in need, while the womanizing Bret has a pro strip club agenda and is backed by the corrupt and inept city council. But when Bret snatches an antique, magic mirror from Amanda’s hands during a heated argument, their world completely flips upside down. Watch
“As a man, I have observed the gender bias that all of the women I know are constantly encountering,” said Cross. “Despite significant progress toward equality in our modern society, there is still a persistent bias against women, and apathy toward the change that is still needed. This sparked a desire in me to create a story that not only acknowledges, but explores this issue. I asked, ‘What if roles were reversed – wouldn’t the world be better?'”
The film is Cross’ directorial debut. It will have its world premiere at the Napa Valley Film Festival on Thursday, November 10. It was produced by Nicholas Gyeney under his Seattle-based production banner Mirror Images LTD (“Beta Test,” “Matt’s Chance,” “The Penitent Man”). The film is expected to be released wide in 2017.