"This was my first opportunity to see Betty, and it absolutely floored me. Beautiful on so many personal levels, and as a piece of art as well." ~ Will Chase
This film is about NOT committing suicide. It's about many things, friendship, self-discovery and whatever you find in it that has artistic value.
Cast credits represent final cast on screen. Crew credits likely match call sheets. Annie and Craig approved their credits exactly as wanted.
There were no additional producers or funders on this project and no claims on this project.
IFP and IFP/Seattle have no claims on final script. The organization formally declined our extension request; we managed the award ourselves.
Tony Becerra is not a family relation.
This Vimeo release of Betty is all that is planned for the film
The production was fully insured via Acord CERTIFICATE OF LIABILITY INSURANCE during its production
Made with the generous support of Kodak
Filmed on 35mm 2perf with a bleach bypass process and printed to Kodak 2383 Vision
Screened for Kodak in 2011 at their studio in Los Angeles
2010 Palm Springs Int'l ShortFest & Film Market 'First Person Singular' shorts package
2010 Seattle Int'l Film Festival (screened out of shorts competition)
2010 Tacoma Film Festival, 2010 Local Sightings Film Festival
2011 NW Projections Film Festival
Awarded an IFP/Seattle Spotlight Award, including fiscal sponsorship
Thank you to producing partner Annie Flocco and to more than 115 individuals, organizations and businesses that supported the making of this short film that one of my directing mentors, Judith Weston called 'brave and beautiful.'
Betty took a Seattle-New York-LA village to make. When a doctor encourages Betty to read her patient file, she begins to discover pieces missing (of her memory), leading to unexpected emotional connection. Part art/part truth, like a poem, we will not find the same meaning. The intention of this storytelling endeavor was to explore a hard road traveled for many families: suicide. Betty explores the nature and confusion of mental illness, mental health power dynamics, isolation and loss.
'Betty is a real shocker. Very nicely done, looks great!, and it certainly covers a lot of ground and probes deeply for a short work. I think it bodes well for your feature career...' ~ Peter Belsito
”One of the things I loved so much about Betty that you just don't see as much anymore is how gritty and dark and organic it is. That's probably partially because of the film medium but even just the mise en scene of it I VERY rarely catch these days. Being able to capture that is tough but you did it extremely well. You didn't fuck around with wasted music or dialogue or the likes, which I especially appreciate."
~ Chris Taylor, Filmmaker
'...a beautifully crafted depiction of the inner mind...' ~ Jonathan Farber, Financier (did not finance this film)
Before the film was completed, a dear friend of mine shared his feedback to me.
(One comment from Geno Foster on the Betty rough edit, 7/11/09)
"1. where do you feel it the most? what do you feel?
After she says "That's my mother" and takes the scissors and cuts the rope. At first I thought she was talking to the woman behind about something Betty is looking at in front of her (like maybe a photo), but when she cuts the rope I suddenly understood - this woman is her mother. She's not really physically there. This is where the chills really started in earnest for me. I now understand that Bob is not really another quirky patient, but instead an aspect of herself. More about this later. Likewise, the guy in the restaurant and the screaming lady now make sense. If I understand it correctly. And I think I do, and I feel confident about it. And if I'm wrong, I don't care because it works so well for me.
As for her mother:
Did she hang herself? Is the rope cutting = her symbolically trying to rescue her mother somehow? Or is it about cutting the tether (umbilical?) and moving ahead with her life? Or both? And I find that it doesn't really matter."
Cast & Crew credits here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1546773/fullcredits#cast
IFP/Seattle did not manage the Spotlight award elements for our team through its production and post/premieres. Lacey Leavitt did not support our production; our IFP connect was Michel Hansmire. The project was listed on the IFP/Seattle website as a fiscal sponsored project with 0% fees. Hansmire stayed posted on the progress of the production and kindly maintained communications with our team. There was no cash award with the Spotlight award, all elements of the award were in-kind vendor support, including Kodak.
Production still cover image for this video by Matt Daniels
Piperland Pictures was/is Heather Ayres only
Five Sisters Films was/is Annie Flocco only
No investors on this project, no profits, and no final points issued.