Director: Jonathan Fusco
United States, 2018, 15 min
Cast:Michelle Uranowitz, Zach Webber, Jon Fusco, Tara Westwood, Jake Mann, Giovanni Naarendorp
Crew:Writer: Jon Fusco - Producers: Jon Fusco, Justin Fischer, Casey Sincic - Executive Producers: Zach Lasry, Jorn Axel Hull, Dominic Fusco - Associate Producers: Rich Frost - Cinematographer: Adam Gundersheimer - Assistant Director: Cecilia Delgado - Production Designer: Vanessa Haddad - Assistant Art Director: KT Pipal - Gaffer: Ted Maroney - Key Grip: Alec Roy - Assistant Camera: Marus Loscalzo, Jeremiah Nicholson - Script Supervisor: Daniel Jaffe - Location Sound: Sam Weiner - Editor: Tam Le - Digital Effects Supervisor: Ari Garber - Sound Editor: Patrick Burgess - Composer: Brady Custis
Email:Fusco AT nofilmschool.com
Tony keeps dreaming about boats. Every day of his life plays out in exactly the same way, until one afternoon, a chance encounter with a local girl at work leads him to follow his dreams and row out into the middle of the bay. Whatever it is he expected to find out there, he doesn't find it. Instead, an alternate version of himself appears seemingly out of thin air, throws Tony overboard, drowns him, and wakes up the next morning in his stead. The universe bends and contracts to accommodate this new Toni and a violent alternate reality is established. A remedy must appear--and quickly, before Tony's universe and everyone he loves dissolves forever.
About the director
Jon Fusco has been making a living as a jack of all trades since graduating from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a questionably useful BFA in Acting. He has worked for film publications like SnagFilms, Indiewire and is now a senior producer at No Film School, where he has been responsible for establishing, editing and hosting The No Film School Podcast, a show that is frequently among Apple's Top 25 Film & TV podcasts.
For the past three years, I’ve been working at the film education website No Film School where I've produced and edited over 240 filmmaking podcasts, traveled to festivals around the country and met countless sources of inspiration for my own work. I've interviewed some of my favorite directors from the likes of Sean Baker to Ruben Ostlund. I've even organized and recorded multiple roundtables with short filmmakers from around the world to better my own craft and understanding of the medium. A short is a tricky thing, you don’t know how much time or money to invest in such a personal thing that nobody may even end up seeing, so a lot of people don’t even try. My film, The Guy, is an even trickier beast and one that I hope measures up to a level of personal filmmaking that most directors would be uncomfortable sharing. Especially as their first piece. To me, however, it is an essential film for today’s society. It asks the question, what does it take to be a man? In watching the films of my heroes, (Lynch, Cronenberg, Kubrick, Carpenter, and Hitchcock to name a few) I have always found that seeing the ugly on screen resonates harder with me than seeing the beautiful. So I would not be surprised if some are shocked by the imagery they may see in my own film. That is by design. I want to make the audience uncomfortable at all costs, so they are engaged and leave thinking critically. The Guy is about fragile masculinity, the societal expectations of what a man should be, men’s proclivities for insecurity and violence and the consequences women are subject to as consequence to the opposite sex's behavior. It is a reflection of the extremes of masculinity; the “lack” and the “toxic”— to use society's language; and how we are expected to fall somewhere in between. That in between, however, is unclear. And society is suffering for it. The thing that is clear is that this type of behavior should not be rewarded, it should be punished in the harshest way possible.
Thanks for watching and I look forward to talking about it in the future. It's a good one to talk about.