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An imaginative comedian with severe anxiety pursues her co-worker.
Written, Directed, and Produced by Melanie Notinger
Starring Melanie Notinger and Sierra Tothero
DP Layton Blaylock
Edited by Stefan Allen
Production Design by Sarah Mullinnix
Music by CAPYAC
S C R E E N I N G S
2020 THIRDWING LTD. Online stream for Pride Month in support of Wild Project (NYC).
2018 LIGHTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Long Beach Island, NJ.
2018 ARTISTS & BEERS. Brooklyn, NY.
2017 THE EAST VILLAGE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL. New York, NY.
2017 THE IRON MULE SHORT COMEDY SERIES. Brooklyn, NY.
CHOKE ARTIST explores how anxiety affects the voice and how hard it can be to communicate authentically. I started doing stand-up in 2015, shortly after coming out as queer. It was a way for me to find my new voice. A fresh BFA acting grad living in Austin, I auditioned for lots of projects and saw myself in very few of the scripts. Working as a bar host at the time, most of my job was daydreaming. One night at the host stand, I spaced out as usual and twisted my choker around my finger. That feeling of unaware asphyxiation inspired me to write about an imaginative, blunt comedian onstage unable to self-express off-stage. I wrote the project to star in and for locations I hoped we'd gain easy access. Guided by my obsessions with Shakespearian verse and the imagery in Alan Ball's AMERICAN BEAUTY screenplay, the film investigates how our fantasy lives can motivate action in our waking lives and the power of simply speaking up. The CHOKE ARTIST half-hour pilot is in revision.
Poster Art by Grace Chomick
Still by Nicholas Kier
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