There’s an inventive new short film that’s tackling the ongoing issues of toxic masculinity and harassment by men. Don’t Ask Where I Live is a satirical short that rips into patriarchal issues by presenting an “educational” video about the best way to court a potential romantic interest. Casper Van Dien walks the audience through his carefully crafted methodology and shines a light on real issues in the process.
The film was written & directed by the duo Jennifer Wenger and Genevieve Marie. Wenger is best known for her story of being Hollywood Boulevard’s Wonder Woman in the documentary Confessions of a Superhero, and Marie is a writer, cinematographer, and editor with a decade of experience in the film world.
You can find a trailer for Don’t Ask Where I Live on the film’s official site. If you like what you see and want to get a deeper look at what the short has to offer, read on. We’ve got all the details for you right here.
A deeper look at the film
Don’t Ask Where I Live is directed by Jennifer Wenger and Genevieve Marie. The two also collaborated on the film’s screenplay. In an interview with L.A. Indies Magazine, Marie said that the two of them were inspired by “the fragile masculine ego.” “There’s an ongoing issue with some men that it’s difficult to not harass women.”
The searing political & social satire of Don’t Ask Where I Live is delivered in the form of a faux-educational video starring Casper Van Dien. He outrageously mansplains the “proper” way for someone to court a romantic interest. Audiences are sure to get a laugh, and hopefully not a helpful hint or two, over the course of the film.
Cast & crew
The film stars Casper Van Dien as himself, Jennifer Wenger as Chad, Sarah Oliver as Joey, Courtney Enea as Celeste, Elizabeth Manders Thompson as Jack, and Genevieve Marie as Mr. Harvey.
Jennifer Wenger & Laura Lohr serve as executive producers, and Sara Aliza Mossman, Nick Sherman, Elizabeth Manders Thompson, Courtney Enea, Sarah Oliver, and Genevieve Marie serve as producers on the film. Nick Sherman also worked as 1st AD, while Sara Aliza Mossman worked as 1st AC.
Screenings & awards
Don’t Ask Where I Live premiered on October 10th, 2021. The short was screened at the Silicon Beach Festival, where it was named an Official Selection, and the Venice Shorts Fest. It’s been well-received by audiences and has already been bringing home some awards. At the Independent Shorts Awards, Don’t Ask Where I Live was named the Best Parody Short of 2021.
Presenting one of the funniest & most unique takes on satire in a long time, Don’t Ask Where I Live is a short film with mass appeal that you won’t want to miss. There’s no doubt that as it travels the festival circuit, Jennifer Wenger’s and Genevieve Marie’s film will sweep in numerous more awards for its writing, acting, and presentation. You can keep up with Don’t Ask Where I Live online to catch a screening as soon as possible.