WI / IL Short Slot 1

YES! Filmmaker(s) Attending for Q & A

Fri Feb 21, 2020 – Amateur Night 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 22, 2020 – Amateur Night 7:30 pm | Domenico’s

Amateur Night

Directed by Gina Hackett
Narrative Short
USA | 12 min | 2019

Sisters Ruby and Emma scramble to find fast cash so Emma can perform in her ballet recital. Left with no other options, Ruby decides to dance too…just not ballet.

Inspired by exploitation films of the 1960s and 70s, “Honey and Jerome Forever!” aims to put a uniquely queer twist on the grindhouse genre. With this film, I wanted to explore LGBT characters that are flawed, evil, greedy – all things that, in mainstream media, gay characters are not allowed to be. Suspend your disbelief and spend a night at Sticky Lips with a drag queen-turned-hitman, her drug dealing boyfriend, and an assignment that will change her life
Amateur Night | Gina Hackett, Director

Amateur Night - Gina HackettGina Hackett

Gina Hackett is a writer, director, and journalist based in New York City. A Harvard alumna hailing from the Midwest, she is currently pursuing an MFA in Film at Columbia University and tells stories about women who make trouble.

In 2019, Gina received SFFILM’s prestigious Sloan Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship for her feature-length screenplay A BRIDGE BETWEEN US, which is currently amongst the six finalists for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s 2020 Grand Jury Award. Last year, she also received the Katharina Otto-Bernstein Production Grant for her thesis film, DELICATE PREY, which she shot on 16mm film and is currently in post-production. Her most recent film, AMATEUR NIGHT, enjoyed its world premiere at the 2019 New Orleans Film Festival and is currently on the festival circuit.

In 2018, Gina received Columbia’s Alex Sichel Fellowship for a second-year female director demonstrating promise. Her producing credits include GIRL FRIEND (2017), which took home the prize for “Best Student Short” at Provincetown International Film Festival and “Best New York Short” at New Fest. As a former Co-Chair of Columbia Women in Film (CWIF), Gina champions intersectional storytelling that explores the myriad ways in which women inspire each other. Gina has taught undergraduate Screenwriting labs at Columbia and coordinates the Print Traffic department at Telluride Film Festival.

Film Information

Director: Gina Hackett
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 12 min.
Rated: PG-13


Producer: Waleed Alqahtani, Carly Hillman
Co-writers: Gina Hackett, Waleed Alqahtani
Cinematography: Waleed Alqahtani
Editor: Gina Hackett

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