The Man Who Never Clicks (United States | 2016, 2 min)

Directed by: Jeff Ayars

Meet Henry, an avid Mac user who has employed keyboard shortcuts to avoid using a mouse or trackpad for over 7 years.

Interview:

Cannibal Milkshake was started by Jeff Ayars & Dan Rosen after they graduated college together. The duo is best known for their parodies, which have collectively received ~2 million views, the most recent being “NY NY LAND,” an Oscars season satire starring Jeff as East-Coast Ryan Gosling. Sam Bronowski is a frequent collaborator and the co-creator and center of their webseries, French Kiss. Their collective features include The New Yorker, Fortune Magazine, the Funny or Die Homepage, CollegeHumor, Splitsider, Fast Company...and they’re excited to return to the NYC Indie Film Fest for a second time!

Interview with: Jeff Ayars, dir. Of The Man Who Never Clicks

Interview by: Megan Boyle, Short Sketch Comedy Curator

Q: How did you come up with your sketch idea and what sort of truths were
you hoping to touch on with this sketch?
The idea for the sketch was based on a joke in an older video project, “Life of a Struggling Artist.” The point was to satirize the cult of Apple and the lifestyle that can result from sticking too close to the precepts of the company. In this sketch, Henry, the main character, is trying so hard to use as many shortcuts as possible that he hasn’t clicked one single time in seven years.

Q: What dictated your choices in how you filmed your sketch?
Most of the choices stemmed from the visual language of documentaries and
exposés. We wanted it to feel real, which it did, because it (bafflingly) fooled a lot of people on Reddit!

Q: What hurdles did you face while making this sketch?
The main challenge in this sketch was the aforementioned authenticity. We
wanted the presence of the Apple employees to feel real, but were limited in our ability to film and showcase the actual retail stores. Also, many brave keyboard-shortcut jokes were left on the cutting room floor, alongside a lot of noodles that Sam had to eat.

Q: Do you have any plans for sequels or additional sketches surrounding
these characters/themes?
Yes! Another sketch was written for this character and there are several more in the works.

Catch The Man Who Never Clicks at the 8th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival!