Best friends, Alex and Frankie, spot a beautiful man at a bar in Brooklyn. The man eventually walks over and bluntly asks to go home with BOTH of them. In private they establish rules for the impending menage a trois, the most important one being to be sexy, no matter what happens.
Back at Alex's apartment, after much awkward stripping, their competitive nature eventually takes over as they fight for the man's attention. An all-out brawl commences between the two friends. The pair try to stay sexy as the fight gets increasingly more violent. The man, scared and fed-up, storms off. Big Fail.
Produced by: Frankie LaPace, Alexandra Nader, Steve W. Thompson
Cast: Frankie LaPace, Alexandra Nader, Justin West
7 questions with Be Sexy comedy duo, Steve W. Thompson at the half-way mark.
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
1Hi Frankie and Alexandra! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make Be Sexy? Be Sexy was one of the first scripts we wrote together. We initially wanted to create something that highlighted our physical similarities like our ethnic ambiguity and also the way we speak. We tossed a few ideas around and finally over a glass of wine (an entire bottle) we came up with this threesome concept. This immediately transformed the intention of the script to: what if we heighten our competitive natures to absurdity while a beautiful naked man watches?
2You two formed the sketch comedy duo RosaBaby Comedy. How did that all happen and where do you two hope to take your sketch comedy? We met 8 years ago at a conservatory program for acting. Even at 18, we quickly realized our love for theatrics equalled our love for film and television. We bonded over our adoration for Barbra Streisand and Jerry Lewis. Flash forward to 2015, we hadn’t seen each other in a few years and when we finally reconnected, we both had so much to say about the current state of our industry. It’s lack of diveritsy, integration of LGBTQ stories, of women behind the camera. We felt like we were working so hard for roles and jobs we knew we weren’t right for and for stories we had no interest in telling. We had something else to contribute to the conversation and tired of waiting for someone else to create that space for us, and so RosaBaby was born. The name itself, a homage to our mothers - two spicy Latina moms both with the same name, Rosa.
3You both wrote, produced and acted in this film. Since you guys write and act in the film, do you stick closely to the script or do you leave lots of room to improvise? How closely do you stick to the script? We stick to the script for the first few takes, using it as a roadmap and a rehearsal, but by third take it usually takes on a life of it’s own. It’s always super fun to improvise on set but then we have the grueling task of going through all the raw footage and picking out the strongest takes; there have been many times where we are sitting with our editor and looking at each other in utter despair and saying, "Why did we improvise a conversation about queefing for 3 minutes?” But truth be told, the takes we end up using the most are the improvised ones. No matter how funny we think a written joke is, spontaneity is always the most interesting choice.
4You two look like you're having a lot of fun on set. What was the hardest or funniest challenge while making this film? We are having a lot of fun! In the world of indie comedy you’re asking so many talented and hard working people to give their time and energy for a fraction of their normal rate -- you MUST keep a set fun and a work environment collaborative.
This shoot in particular we had an extremely hard and funny challenge when a camera light was accidentally placed too close to a fire sprinkler in the bedroom (our final scene). The sprinkler suddenly burst and tons of water came gushing out. Quickly, as if we were third class passengers on the Titanic, we grabbed trash cans and began hustling hords of water to the bathtube. This went on for an hour before the fire department finally arrived. To our dismay they had to shut off the water to the entire block in order to get the pipe to stop -- we were filming in Restaurant Row in midtown Manhattan. We were responsible for an entire city block of restaurants and bars losing every ounce of water and business. An easy four hour shoot became a real life Waterworld and we were going under.
The scene in the bedroom was actually filmed in two days. Thank GOD for our script supervisor, Sami Horneff, who made sure everything looked the same.
5Steve W. Thompson directed this film. How did you guys choose Steve to be your director? Steve was a camera operator on one of our first sketches and when we discovered he was an extremely talented (Emmy Award-winning) editor we wasted no time in tricking him into working his post-production magic on our weird sketches. Steve is a true collaborator and it was during one particularly long night of editing that we realized he needed to be involved in the storytelling process from beginning to end. His vision and skill are invaluable and he really understands what we want our work to look and sound like. We call him Daddy.
6If that option presented itself in real life, do you think you two would go for it? We absolutely couldn’t. We have known each other for 8 human years and though we were made in different wombs, we are definitely siblings. What happened in Be Sexy could never happen in real life. If a bi-sexual man we both wanted to sleep with propositioned us we’d probably take shifts. The first person would be obligated to spill the details (what to look forward to, what to avoid) and then we’d do the normal thing -- never speak of it again and pretend the man was a ghostly apparition due to sleep deprivation and hereditary psychosis.
7What's next? We’re in post-production for a new political sketch, a horror movie trailer parody about a woman who discovers her long-term boyfriend voted for Donald Trump.
We’re also working on a pilot for a new sketch show and it’s taking a little longer than expected because of our crippling perfectionism and new episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale.
Other then that, we hope to one day meet Mindy Kaling and tell her she’s our deity.
About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time which was selected for the 2017 IFP Narrative Lab.
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