March 18 – 29
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Run Time: 84 minutes
This is not a zombie film, so get that thought out of your head. THE EXQUISITE CORPSE PROJECT is a brilliantly comedic and original film about five comedy writers brought together to write a script. However, each writer can only write 15 pages of said script and each writer can only read the previous five pages before they start their own 15. The six gentlemen (including director Ben Popik) were internet phenoms with a large following as the sketch comedy troupe Olde English, but their crossover limitations led to in-fighting and the eventual break-up of the group. Now, years later, their reunion leads to what can only end up as an ingenious project or a complete disaster. The documentary side of this film is a tour-de-force of hand-wringing, head-banging brilliance mixed with side-splitting comedy. Combining footage of the behind-the-scenes process with footage of the actual film these men wrote and produced, THE EXQUISITE CORPSE PROJECT is a fascinating look at how comedy can lead to tragedy then romance then crime caper then supernatural thriller and back to comedy. – T.W.
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Ben Popik was a founding member of Olde English, which was formed at Bard College. As a member of Olde English, Popik was a part of over 200 short films produced with the sketch group.
THE EXQUISITE CORPSE PROJECT (2012)