A priggish dean's assistant at the local university spearheads an investigation into a possible satanic cabal in the ethnomusicology department; meanwhile his weepy, maudlin girlfriend Brownie becomes the victim of several freak accidents after cheating on him with a mysterious sweetheart. Crimes Against Humanity is a nihilistic romp through gossipy academic parties, boozy-stake outs and surreal bedtime stories.
"Rose and co-writer Halle Butler are masters of wry humor, delighting in their characters’ self-pity, casual dishonesty and cruelty. Mike Lopez and Lyra Hill are beyond perfect in the lead roles, generating spark showers of subtextual resentment in their scenes together." - Paul Sbrizzi, Slamdance Film Festival
"Recalls the fiction of Thomas Pynchon in its mix of conspiracy plots, academic references, and loopy humor...Rose creates a distinct, propulsive rhythm for the comic dialogue.” - Chicago Reader
“Star Lyra Hill's wide-eyed, increasingly mangled deadpan gaze is worthy of a silent comedy all its own.” - Chicago Tribune
2014 - 77 Minutes
Starring Mike Lopez, Lyra Hill and Ted Tremper
Written by Halle Butler & Jerzy Rose
Directed by Jerzy Rose
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