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THE STORY

​In this first-of-its-kind crossover comedy, director Ben Popik brings together five comedy writers, and surprises them with a challenge: to each write fifteen pages of a movie, having read only the previous five pages of the script.  They agree with one stipulation: if they write the movie, he has to make it.​

The result is this one-of-a-kind narra-doc crossover that is equal parts comedy, psycho-sexual thriller, children’s television show, love story, and supernatural adventure. Meanwhile, documentary footage provides an inside look into the creative process and the group dynamics that make collaboration between friends difficult. A hilarious ride in a runaway car cobbled together from junkyard parts, as hijacked by schizophrenic geniuses.

Group shot - The Exquisite Corpse Project
 

​THE FILMMAKERS

​From 2002-2009, sketch comedy group Olde English was one of the biggest names in ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​internet comedy. They had a monthly live show at the UCB Theatre in NYC, a website with 25,000 visitors a day, and a high-paying contract to produce videos for Turner. But the business of trying to move from web-based sketch to television — the constant pitch meetings, the network-driven rewrites, the in-fighting within the group — drained all the fun out of the process, and in 2009 the comedians disbanded. In The Exquisite Corpse Project, Popik reunites the group (with the help of fellow writers Joel Clark and Chioke Nassor) to do one last big project together — their way, without any industry interference. The result is a movie that is groundbreaking in format, emotionally resonant, and consistently laugh-out-loud funny.​​​
 

THE CAST & CREW

Directed by: Ben Popik
Written by: Chioke Nassor, Joel Clark, Adam Conover, Dave Segal, Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Starring: Caleb Bark, Megan Raye Manzi, Julia Frey, Trevor Williams, Tavon Bolourchi, Geoff Lee
Produced by: Margaret Laney, Joanna Popik, Marshall Rimmer, Caleb Bark, East 3rd Productions,
Music by: Jesse Novak

For a full list of the cast and crew of the film, visit our page on IMDb
 

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