Cookies (United States | 2016, 2 min)

Directed by: Catherine Santino

Two young women stumble across an all too familiar situation on the sidewalk.

Interview:

"Cookies" was directed by Catherine Santino. Catherine is a writer, improviser, and artist who studied Creative Arts and English at Siena College. This is her first short film, and could not have been done without the combined efforts of the rest of the cast (William Berg and Katherine Lazarus) and the crew (Sam George and Chinua Thomas).

Interview with: Catherine Santino, writer of Cookies

Interview by: Megan Boyle, Short Sketch Comedy Curator

Q: How did you come up with your sketch idea? 
The idea from the sketch came from a cat calling incident I experienced one evening in
Brooklyn. I was walking with a friend, on our way to look at a potential apartment, and a man literally said to us what the male character says in the sketch. I walked away, of course, but the sketch is the imagined interaction I would have had with him had I turned back.

Q: What dictated your choices in how you filmed your sketch?
Cinematography choices were mainly made by our crew, Sam George and Chinua Thomas, who have a great eye and whom I trusted completely. But in terms of other creative choices, I wanted to make sure that Katie and myself weren’t dressed provocatively at all, so that it would look even more absurd that a man be cat calling us (though, even if we were wearing bikinis, it’s still an outrageous and inappropriate thing for a man to do).

Q: What hurdles did you face while making this sketch?
Due to a glitch, we lost the entire days worth of footage that we shot when we first filmed the sketch. It was pretty devastating, but these things happen. So, we all got together and filmed it again, which everyone was so great about and more than willing to do.

Q: There is truth in comedy, what sort of truths were you hoping to touch on with this sketch?
I was less than subtly shedding light on the real reason that men cat call—it’s not that women are just so attractive they can’t help themselves, it’s not because they want to compliment us. It’s because they feel an ingrained sense of entitlement over us. Bill stating this reasoning so articulately was meant to throw the audience off a bit, since that is something that would never, ever happen. It was my goal that the bizarre nature of that moment would make the audience stop and realize how rarely self aware men are when it comes to their own predisposed sexism.

Q: Do you have any plans for sequels or additional sketches surrounding these
characters/themes?
There are no plans for a sequel to this particular sketch, but the themes of feminism and sexism are very close to my heart, and I definitely plan on exploring it further in my work.

Catch Cookies at the 8th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival!