|THE FEVER AND THE FRET|
|Cast: ||Adelina Amosco, Ivory Aquino, Shirley Cuyugan O'Brien, Kathleen Changho, Vanessa Carmona|
|Crew: ||Producers: Cath Gulick, Niki Janowski, Victoria Negri - Screenwriters: Cath Gulick
A shy, artistic loner growing up in the Bronx, 14-year-old Eleanor is tormented at school because of the large birthmarks on her face. At night, she begins visiting another world, vast and desolate, where she encounters another being who is like her. But when Eleanor is forced into a confrontation at school, she faces a series of unexpected consequences, and may have to leave her other world behind forever.
Cath Gulick is a filmmaker based in New York. She had a short film at Slamdance, reviewed by Film Threat as "very funny and well-acted." She helped produce the burlesque reviews "Guilty Pleasures" and "The Blushing Diamond Review" as featured in New York Magazine, and also worked assistant camera on Jeremy Saulnier's MURDER PARTY. THE FEVER AND THE FRET is her first feature film.
My favorite films are able to capture the dark magic of a fairy tale.
When I was searching for a story for my first film, I didn’t think I could afford to make the sort of dark, magical movie I would want to see in a theater.
Then I went to see Tony Stone’s SEVERED WAYS, a low-budget indie about the first Vikings in North America. It was shot in the woods at his parents’ farm.
I realized--and many, many independent directors have realized this recently in low-budget period or science fiction films--that magic doesn’t have to be bought. And low budget doesn’t have to mean single location.
For my fairy story, I imagined a girl who was tormented during the day but who could travel to another dimension at night. There, she meets a mysterious being who has the same strange facial birthmarks that she does, and who shows her how to escape her torment forever.
The story of a young girl who is discounted by other people in the ordinary world, but has her own secret reality is something that has always resonated with me. We see it in A WRINKLE IN TIME, THE WIZARD OF OZ, ALICE IN WONDERLAND--not to mention the classic film LABYRINTH; most recently in CORALINE and SPIRITED AWAY.
I enjoyed adding someone to the roster of my childhood heroines whose unhappy real life is drawn from my own memories. And I had such fun fleshing out my fairy story with cinematic elements I admire the most in other films--beautiful acting, low-light black and white photography, “vérité” camerawork.
The pairing of realism and magic in this story make a strange and wonderful blend that both cinephiles and the young at heart will be drawn to.
Thank you for watching.