|THE CRUEL TALE OF THE MEDICINE MAN|
|Cast: ||James Habacker, Jillian McManemin, Camille Habacker, Veronica Habacker, Lincoln Habacker, Julie Atlas Muz, Mat Fraser, Oakley Boycott, Joe Coleman, Stormy Leather, Cara Brennan, Arthur Aulisi, Ula Uberbusen, Todd Beers|
|Crew: ||Producers: James Habacker - Screenwriters: James Habacker - Cinematographer: Sergei Franklin - Editor: James Habacker, John Goddard - Composer: Greg Garing, Danny Biondo, Brian Fisherman Lease, The Candy Shop Boys
Mr. Choade, the director of The House of Choade, a Grand Guignol theatre, has made an evil bargain with the Medicine Man, who has promised to enable Choade to make an artistic leap. In exchange he asks only for the souls of the theatre's showgirls. A young girl, Linda, who has just been released from a mental hospital, gets a job performing at the House of Choade and becomes embroiled in these machinations. Linda's ex-girlfriend Roxy re-connects with her and attempts to save her. This film, a dark comedy by first time director James Habacker, was shot in Manhattan and features many luminaries from the downtown performance art scene centered around the Slipper Room.
James Habacker is a writer, actor, director, and producer born in New York City. He is the owner and Artistic Director of the world renowned Variety theatre The Slipper Room, located in New York City. His first feature film The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man, a dark comedy based around the bizarre world of Mr. Choade and his Grand Guignol House of Choade theatre is due to be released in early 2015. It features many downtown performance artists and luminaries. He still appears regularly on stage at The Slipper Room.
The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man is the first film produced by The Slipper Room Players, a film production company that I started with the express intent of producing high quality art-house feature films and shorts that showcase the talents of the many extraordinary people who are creatively involved with my theatre, The Slipper Room.
The film is an homage to so many great old movies that I watched and loved when I was a kid, as well as a metaphor for so many of my own life experiences, running a Variety Theatre in New York's Lower East Side since 1999.
The actors, the crew, the featured Variety acts, the musicians who recorded the soundtrack, the set dressers, the stylists, the wardrobe people, the extras, and pretty much everyone else involved in making this film over the last two years are all artists who are active in the Downtown New York Variety scene.
The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man has so far won the Best Feature Film award at the Coney Island Film Festival.
The Slipper Room Players has a second feature film currently in pre-production, The Mel & Fanny Movie, a comedy about two minor showbiz legends and their struggle to stay relevant, which I will direct, and which I co-wrote with the playwright Marc Spitz.