Logline: It's just another day at work until Angela’s ex winds up dead on her table and it’s her job to embalm him. With so many questions and so much left unsaid, it’s only so long before she starts demanding answers… even though she knows they aren’t coming.
Current Status: Festival Circuit
Writer: Jennifer Bonior
Director: Jennifer Bonior
Producer: Alison Cook
About Jennifer Bonior: (25 words) An award winning writer/director/producer whose films have screened across the world. Her style is a blend of the endearing with the macabre.
Looking for (ie buyer, distributor, sales agent, producer, media interest):
We are looking for interest in our next project, Bad House: http://untrademarked.co/bad-house/
Where can I watch it?
Next screening: WOW Film Festival, Sydney, Saturday 30th April, 2-4pm @ Cinema Paris. http://www.wowfilmfestival.org.au/festival-program-2016/shorts-programme-7-scream-queens/
1. Congratulations! Why did you decide to make this film?
Thank you! This project was born from the desire to make an entirely female crewed film. I had been working in film for several years and the constant lack of female crew members was starting to weigh on me. I knew there were tons of talented women out there ready to work! So, I decided to take advantage of the underused surplus of female filmmakers and create a film about a female, with all females.
2. Why is it called Embalmer’s Gray?
"Embalmer's Gray" is actually a term that notates a botched embalming in which the body takes on a gray hue. We felt this term was fitting as the title because from the moment she pulls back the sheet, it's a botched embalming. Maybe not technically speaking but it's ruined for her because there is an emotional connection to the man she's working on. It's a struggle from that moment on for her to stay professional and get the job done properly and respectfully, while still working through her own feelings.
3. Why did you decide on shooting it the way you did?
Location had a lot to do with the shot selection and style of the film. It was important to us that we shoot in a real embalming room to really capture every aspect of the process properly. We were very lucky to find a funeral home that still had their original tables and embalming machines, which added to the small town vibe we were trying to create.
4. Has the feedback you've received surprised or challenged your point of view?
It's always enlightening to see how an audience responds to your work. They always gasp somewhere you don't think they will or laugh at a moment you didn't realize was that funny. It helps you recognize the strengths and weaknesses of your piece.
5. What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on this platform?
I am hoping to get more eyes on my next projects. In particular, I am currently in Development on my third feature film, Bad House, and would love to start sharing that with the world.
6. Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify the message of this film?
Embalmer's Gray was made to be a festival piece and is currently making it's way through the Festival Circuit. Having the support of film festival directors and journalists, would be incredibly helpful in pushing the message of this film.
7. What type of impact would you like this film to have?
This film was not meant to be a mountain mover or spark controversy. It was simply made by women who love to make movies. We made this because we could. Because we wanted just to prove to ourselves that while good movies are made every day without female crew members, equally as good movies can also be made without male crew members.
8. What’s a key question that will help spark a debate about this film?
Did this film gain anything by being made by an entirely female crew?
9. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Fun Fact: We were shooting in a functioning funeral home and our one fear was that someone would die the day of our shoot... and they did. But the funeral home was wonderful, and we just wound up starting production a little late to accommodate the location's needs.