(online release april 2017)
Drama, / 10mins / 2017
Adapted from Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
As a seasoned stripper undergoes conflicts with her manager at a local strip club in Los Angeles, a guileless seventeen-year-old girl shows up at its doorstep, ready for her first night at work.
Starring / Celia Ruskin as Kitty, Natalia Bilbao as Paris, Alex Wyrick as Stage Manager
Background Artists / Pandora Spirakis, Natalie El-hai, Francesca Cenzatti, Kathleen Fedorchak, Eleanor Goulden, Aimee Rathle, Amelia Ashley
Writers / Ran Zhang, Cassidy Carroll, Jeremy Bloom, Hyerin Emma Lee
Director / Ran Zhang
Producer / Cassidy Carroll
DP / Jeremy Bloom
Production Sound Recordist / Hyerin Emma Lee, Keanu Yamaoka
Costume Designer / Cléo Charpantier
Make Up / Taylin Shoemaker
Editors & Colorists / Ran Zhang, Cassidy Carroll, Jeremy Bloom, Hyerin Emma Lee
Score Composer / John Rehwald
Stills Photographer / Willie Siau
Special Thanks / Sonja Bertucci, Thomas Slotten, Keanu Yamaoka, Diana Keeler, Occidental College
"Poundtown is a class exercise that we took a little farther than expected. What was originally meant to be a small four-person crew screenplay adaptation assignment snowballed into a full-fledged short film production with a cast and crew of almost twenty. The original scene from The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, an intimate seduction between two women, was adapted by our group to the story of a girl on her first night at work in a strip club."
This film explores the relationship between the two characters Paris and Kitty; their dynamic power struggle and exchange based on Hegel's Master-slave dialectic. Paris is a survivor. She is someone who has gone through the trials and tribulations of life yet still retains the spirit of a fighter. She believes in hope and the possibility of change. Unlike Paris, Kitty is a fatalist, believing that notions of change in her future that are within her power to control are futile. She is someone who has given up on her own dreams. The film reaches its apogee when Paris' need of control over Kitty is met by the anagnorisis.
This film explores notions of false pride, identity, power struggle, and the dichotomy between two divergent characters."
- Ran Zhang