LOS ANGELES, CA (January 12, 2018) — Two short films from award-winning production studio JASH (a division of Group Nine Media) -- Men Don’t Whisper and Painting with Joan -- will premiere in the U.S. Narrative Short Films section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 18-28 with screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah. The Sundance Film Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Boyhood, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Whiplash, The End of the Tour, Little Miss Sunshine, Reservoir Dogs, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious and Napoleon Dynamite.
MEN DON’T WHISPER
Directed by Jordan Firstman and written by Jordan Firstman & Charles Rogers, Men Don’t Whisper tells the story of gay couple Reese and Peyton who, after being emasculated at a sales conference, set out to do the most masculine thing they can think of – sleep with some women. Men Don’t Whisper stars Charles Rogers, Jordan Firstman, Bridey Elliott, Clare McNulty and Cheri Oteri.
Charles Rogers said, “Men Don't Whisper is not a movie about our deeply insecure relationship and refusal to be selfless with one another as lovers. It's a movie about masculinity and its deep-rooted fragility. This is not a movie about our relationship. Our relationship isn't hopeless.”
Jordan Firstman said, “Men Don't Whisper is a film about our relationship. Plain and simple. Not reduced. Not exaggerated. Our relationship. It is also about our strong communication skills.”
Charles Rogers is the co-creator, writer and director of Search Party, now in its second season on TBS. His first feature film, Fort Tilden, won the Grand Jury Prize at South By Southwest in 2014. Jordan Firstman is a filmmaker, performer and a writer on Search Party.
PAINTING WITH JOAN
Directed by Jack Henry Robbins and co-written by Jack Henry Robbins and Nunzio Randazzo, Painting with Joan is a glimpse into the world of public access of the 1980's. Each week on Painting with Joan local amateur artist Joan, played by Kerri Kenney (Reno 911), teaches the audience lessons that will help their painting skills improve. From proper mixing techniques, to shading, to her theories on extraterrestrial sexuality in regards to Dennis Rodman, Painting with Joan is the strangest painting show of all time.
Jack Henry Robbins said, “We are honored that a film as strange and hilarious as Painting with Joan would be accepted into Sundance. We are simply ecstatic that people exist who would choose this 4:20 second film to be featured in one of the most prestigious, wonderful film festival in the world. Go Sundance!”
Previous films by Jack Henry Robbins include his Sundance 2017 short Hot Winter: a film by Dick Pierre, Ghostmates and the web series Ultimate Ultimate.
For more information about Men Don’t Whisper and to view the film's trailer, visit smudge-films.com/men-dont-whisper. For more information about Painting with Joan, and Jack Henry Robbins visit https://www.jackhenryrobbins.com/
JASH is a leading production studio and development division of Group Nine Media. JASH’s portfolio of work includes creating and distributing digital and linear series which have been picked up by Comedy Central, Netflix, TBS, Snapchat, MTV, Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, PlutoTV, TubiTV, Comcast Watchable and Verizon’s Go90. They have also produced award-winning branded entertainment campaigns for Diageo, Chevy, Purina, Dr Pepper, Ford, Hyundai and General Mills among others. Additionally, JASH has played an active role in developing content and custom activations for The White House, President Obama, Vice President Biden, Valerie Jarrett and Bernie Sanders. JASH won the 2013 Sundance Short Film Grand Jury Prize for Gregory Go Boom and was nominated for a 2017 Emmy for the comedy special Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust and produced the hit series Norm MacDonald Live. The business was founded in 2013, as part of YouTube’s Original Channels Initiative, and in 2017 was acquired by Group Nine Media.