26 minutes 48 seconds
Production Company Contact:
Little Hand Productions
Two friends battling their own issues embark on a daring journey to solve their realities.
In a desperate attempt to prove a point, Carson, a narcissistic college dropout drags her worried best friend to the desert to commit a grand suicide. As push comes to shove, the real issues surface.
Carson Mcarthy (Molly Ratermann), a suicide planning hobbyist, enlists her sympathetic best friend, Franny (Kenna Wright) in her final suicide plan involving a daring journey through the desert. As things go ary, tensions rise and Carson and Fanny have to face their issues head on. The journey encompasses two newly 20 year olds navigating the new waters of the reality of adulthood and their appreciation for each other.
The story for Suicide was partially inspired by a few people who had a very narrow perception of the world and the people around them. They always felt sorry for themselves and never cared about the people they were affecting around them as long as they got the attention they wanted. One of them really did threaten something as serious as suicide purely to get the right attention.
Suicide is not something to casually cry wolf about. Using comedy to create a tone of satire, this film shows what leads someone to feel like the world is against them enough to cry wolf, while also showing how much it effects the people that care about them.
The film at its core wants one to always appreciate how good life might actually be.
The film was shot very freely to let the style of shooting embody the tone of the scene and the characters. The camera movement moves as your head would if you were watching these moments in real life.
The cast and crew camped out in the desert, dragged equipment through the heat and sand. The actors were meant to feel like they really were on this journey in the desert and the crew understood how to shoot that feeling from being in the same situation.
For Molly, directing was not her first venture in the film industry. She bounced back and forth throughout highschool doing college level filmmaking classes and acting courses at places such as Academy of Art San Francisco and New York Film Academy. Ultimately, she pursued acting first. Although she is still an actor, she couldn't help being pulled behind the camera again. Even though she has directed a few short, experimetntal comedies before, she considers "Suicide" as one of her first real shots at directing.
Andy Hoffman is known for having a very unique and eccentric way of shooting. His style and technique for getting the perfect shot are generally out of the norm. Andy's work on the popular webseries, "SanFranLand", is one of his most notable projects.
Anna has worked as a freelance editor for the United Nations, NRG, Kaiser Permanente, Bare Escentuals, IBM, Zebra, The Dickens Project, Camp Jam, Campus Movie Fest, and other organizations. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Cinema at San Francisco State University in just three years, and is now enjoying filmmaking in beautiful San Francisco. She is an exceptional editor, well-versed in commercial and advertising, music videos, documentaries, narratives, motion graphics, and just about anything else. Anna was raised in the East County corner of San Diego on a steady diet of classic Hollywood and '80s New Wave, and intends to make a name for herself as a music video director.
Thomas J. Peters is a professional contract music composer based in Los Angeles. He has worked in close collaboration with award-winning directors and other developers in visual & interactive media, and prides his performance upon consistently delivering an uncanny work ethic, being highly flexible & communicative, as well as committing to bring a fresh thematic perspective to each of the projects he's involved in. Most recently, Thomas J. Peters has composed music for No Woman's Face Remember (2015), a dramatic short film that garnered attention in several film festivals, and received recognition for the film's direction & performances. Another recent film release included a collaboration with freelance animator & director Andy Lefton, for his self-funded science fiction short film called Two Worlds (2015), in which he co-composed the musical score. Upon it's release, the animated short has continued to receive praise with several companies and organizations, such as Maxon, Cinema 4d, RebusFarm, and Digital Tutors. Some of Thomas's previous film experiences recount writing scores for a small community of students at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, including his premiere score for the psychological drama, The Limit (2014), as well as his contribution to a young director's retelling of a greek classic, entitled Orpheus (2015). Having completed his formal education in music composition at the University of Oregon in 2011, his diverse musical background extends from orchestral studies to ambient/electronic musical influences, as well as being a leading contributor to experimental sounds & recording techniques used in visual media. Each of these eclectic skills continue to cultivate the signature sound and voice that he has to offer as an emerging composer of his generation.
For more in depth look at the cast, click on "Main Cast"
Carson: Molly Ratermann
Franny: Kenna Wright
Mom: Valerie Weak
Dr. Wolf: Katherine Celio
Director: Molly Ratermann
Cinematographer: Andy Hoffman
Sound: Winson Church Tam
Art Director: Rachel Dagdagan
Art Department: Bryan Dean
Production Assitant: Ethan N. Warren
Production Assistant: Aron Magyari
Editor: Anna Rottke
Composer: Thomas J Peters
Colorist: Steven Wilsey
Post Sound: Jay Wasley
Inspiration for Tone of the Film:
Elton John - Suicide
Shooting Format : BCC RAW
File Type: CinemaDNG
Aspect Ratio: 16:9