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  • Judee Weatherhead
  • Ann Daly
  • Julie Gibson
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Fools (2014)

Opening: 2014 Currently In Post-Production

In Production2014

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Genre: Drama

Rated: Unrated


FOOLS is the story of Sam and Susan, who move in together without exchanging a word. He's barely hanging on after being fired, again. She is fleeing an angry roommate. They make it work, the way two strange people can sometimes make strangeness work for them. They fabricate a life for themselves, making up a rich romantic history. But when their story is tested by reality, they must decide whether what they share is truly love, or just a fantasy.


BENJAMIN MEYER (writer/director) is a writer, director and editor working in Los Angeles. His short film WHAT ARE YOU HAVING? won the Grand Prix du Court-Metrage at the Deauville Film Festival (Roman Polanski, jury chair), a CINE Golden Eagle, and Best Short Film at the Abuja International Film Festival in Nigeria. His prior short, GEORGIE PORGIE won "Best Short Film" at the Chicago Underground Film Festival, the Boston Underground Film Festival and the Seattle Underground Film Festival; "Best Director" at the Georgetown Independent Film Festival; "Best Drama" at the IFP/Chicago Film Festival; and a Bronze Plaque at the Columbus International Film Festival. He also won multiple festival awards for his prior two shorts, SOLD and BOTHERED. Benjamin received his BA in Film Studies from Wesleyan university with High Honors, and received his MFA in Film Production from Northwestern University. As an editor he has worked on feature documentaries and television specials with such award-winning filmmakers as Michele Ohayon, Ondi Timoner, Eddie Schmidt and Peter Stuart. He edited the feature film NORMAL ADOLESCENT BEHAVIOR for New Line Cinema. Meyer's short story (and yourself) was recently published by Mullholland Books as part of their Popcorn Fiction series.

BETH SCHACTER (producer) just wrapped two seasons as a writer on the critically acclaimed series BUNHEADS for ABC Family, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. After getting a BA in theater from Kenyon College, Schacter worked as a producer at the Williamstown Theater Festival, New Dramatists and the ground-breaking Dixon Place before getting her MFA at Columbia University in film where she was a Hearst Scholar. While still in school she co-wrote the feature BEAUTY REMAINS for Emerging Pictures which premiered at the LA Film Festival. Beth Schacter wrote and directed the indie film NORMAL ADOLESCENT BEHAVIOR starring Amber Tamblyn and Kelli Garner. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released by New Line Cinema.

MARY CROSS (Susan) is a founding member of two theatre companies: The Production Company in NYC and Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago, where she also holds the title of Associate Artistic Director. Mary performed in Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's production of WRENS which won Chicago's prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble and Best New Work. She was also nominated for a Jeff award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Ruth O'Hare in A MISLAID HEAVEN with Chicago's Famous Door Theatre Company. In the indie feature film ROUGH CUT, Mary played a principal role; and she has been cast in several Industrial films over the years. In addition to theatre and film, Mary has worked in voiceover. She will be seen next spring on stage in Courtney Baron's Mid-West premiere of EAT YOUR HEART OUT at Rivendell.

MICHAEL SZELES (Sam) has been nominated twice for a New York Innovative Theater Award: Best Solo Performance and Best Ensemble Performance. His extensive theater credits include multiple appearances at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. He has been nominated for Best On Screen Performance at the Chicago Underground Film Festival and the Method Fest in Burbank, CA. He also played Sam in Benjamin Meyer's short film GEORGIE PORGIE, which screened and won awards at festivals around the world. He appears regularly on the National Geographic Channel as "Jack Conrad".

Director's Statement

Ten years ago, I left Chicago having directed a string of award-winning short films, which screened at festivals all around the world. At the time, there was a lot of pressure on me to make my first feature. But I wasn't ready. Instead, I moved to Los Angeles and established a career for myself as an editor. I cut the feature Normal Adolescent Behavior for New Line Cinema. I worked in reality television, most recently as the Supervising Editor on Storage Wars: New York. I got married. And, in 2012, I had my first child.

Thanksgiving 2011, my wife and I were expecting our first child. We were visiting family in New York City. Walking around the streets of New York, we discussed what we still wanted to do before we became parents. And I thought back to that feature that I had left Chicago before I made. When I mentioned it, my wife said to me go do that. Make that film.

I had an old screenplay. It had written it for an actor from one of my short films. I emailed him. But I hadn't seen him in years, and I didn't know if he would still be interested. He didn't reply for two days. I thought, okay, I guess he doesn't remember me. Maybe it's too late. And then he emailed me back and said, "Finally!"

My screenplay was still rough-- there was a reason I had decided I wasn't ready. But I had just spent a year cutting a competition dating show, watching people lie their way into each other's hearts. As I re-read my screenplay, I started thinking about that show. And how, when two people managed to get together at the end of a dating show episode, you knew they had been telling each other stories. But they liked each other's stories. In a way, love is a story that two people make up together. It explains why they were meant for each other, and how their future will unfold as a couple. If they can both believe that story, then they have love.

I realized that was what I had been writing about all those years earlier. And suddenly my screenplay took a leap forward. It had focus. It was sharp. It had a purpose.

I emailed it to Mickie Paskal, the top casting director in Chicago. I had been lucky enough to work with her on my last short film, What Are You Having? I thought, if Mickie will cast the supporting roles, I can put together the cast I need in Chicago. I waited two weeks for her to get back to me. I thought to myself, if she doesn't remember me, or if she doesn't like the script, that's okay. Maybe it's just too late.

Then she called me back, and told me she loved the script. She agreed to cast it.

After a week of casting, I had a knockout cast of some of Chicago's finest acting talent (and Chicago is a city chock full of acting talent). As I looked at my audition tapes, I realized that if I could just put these actors in front of a camera with my lines, I was going to have an amazing film.

We had $40,000. We budgeted 15 days. It was a back-breaking schedule. But we survived. And more than just survived. I now have a cut of the film that looks great, with fantastic performances. People who see the film love it.

-- Benjamin Meyer, Writer/Director