Pie

Carol invites Annette over for homemade pie and after much prodding divulges her special secret and scandalous ingredient. It’s Thelma and Louise meets Sweeney Todd via Stepford, Connecticut.

  • Adria Tennor
    Director
    Cracked
  • Adria Tennor
    Writer
    Cracked
  • Cindi Knapton
    Producer
    Hate Crime
  • Adria Tennor
    Producer
    Cracked
  • Jessica Paré
    Key Cast
    Mad Men, Lost & Delirious, Brooklyn
  • Adria Tennor
    Key Cast
    The Artist, Bad Moms, You Don't Mess with the Zohan
  • John Nielsen
    Key Cast
    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Blacklist, Hereafter
  • Chloe Lanier
    Key Cast
    Kingdom, General Hospital, Army Wives
  • Mindy Elliot
    Editor
    The Decendants, Nebraska, Blade: Trinity
  • Jon Philion
    Cinematography
    Hate Crime
  • Finnian Riley
    Cinematography
    Four of Hearts
  • J. Peter Robinson
    Composer
    The Bank Job, The World's Fastest Indian, Charmed
  • Denise Hudson
    Production Design
    American Horror Story (Emmy Nom.), Bruno, Unstoppable
  • Rachel Stolte
    Hair & Make Up
    21, Wristcutters: A Love Story, The Roommate
  • Itamar Ben Jacob
    Sound
    Van Wilder: Party Liaison, Flypaper, To End All Wars
  • Jamie Coupar
    Sound
    Sam's Box, A Meeting of the Minds, By Jingo
  • Jill Bogdanowicz
    Editorial
    The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Changling, O brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Geoffrey Kater
    Visual Effects
    Piranha 3D
  • Trinka Turk
    Principal Wardrobe
    Proven Innovators
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Female Driven, Dark Comedy
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 5, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Cinequest Film & VR Festival
    San Jose, CA
    United States
    March 2, 2018
    World Premiere
    Best of the Festival Encore Screening
  • Cleveland International Film Festival
    Cleveland, OH
    United States
    April 6, 2018
    Ohio
    Best After Hours Short
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
    Newport Beach, CA
    United States
    April 27, 2018
  • Montclair Film Festival
    Montclair, NJ
    United States
    May 4, 2018
    East Coast Premiere
  • Southside Film Festival
    Bethlehem, PA
    United States
    June 14, 2018
    Pennsylvania
  • Mexico City Independent Film Festival
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    July 8, 2018
    Mexico
  • Woods Hole Film Festival
    Woods Hole, MA
    United States
    July 30, 2018
    New England
    Audience Award Best Comedy Short
  • Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival
    Providence, RI
    United States
    Rhode Island
  • HollyShorts Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Los Angeles
  • FrightFest London
    London
    United Kingdom
    August 24, 2018
    UK
  • Funcinema
    Mar del Plata
    Argentina
    September 22, 2018
    Argentina
  • Best of Woods Hole Film Festival
    Falmouth, MA
    United States
    October 7, 2018
    Audience Award Best Comedy Short
  • Flyway Film Festival
    Stockholm, WI
    United States
    October 20, 2018
    Wisconsin
  • VisionFest
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    October 21, 2018
  • Twin Cities Horror Festival
    Minneapolis, MN
    United States
    October 26, 2018
    Minneapolis
  • Portland Film Festival
    Portland, OR
    United States
    October 27, 2018
    Portland
  • Indie Memphis
    Memphis, TN
    United States
    November 2, 2018
    Memphis
  • Buried Alive Film Festival
    Atlanta, GA
    United States
    November 18, 2018
    Georgia
  • MonsterFest
    Carlton, VIC
    Australia
    November 24, 2018
    Australia
  • New York City Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    December 2, 2018
    New York City
Director Biography - Adria Tennor

Adria Tennor earned her BFA in theatrical stage direction and acting at New York University and Playwrights Horizons Theater School before pursuing a career as an actor. Her first professional job out of college was playing a twelve-year old boy looking at porn in Tompkins Square park in Hal Hartley’s Amateur which premiered in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes. She works regularly in television and film and is most known for her recurring role on AMC’s Mad Men as well as in Michel Hazanavicius’ Academy Award winning film, The Artist. Dissatisfied by the quantity and quality of roles she was able to garner from auditioning, Tennor began writing stand up early in her career to give herself more opportunities to perform. She then spun her comedy into a rave-reviewed one-woman show, StripSearch, about finding love and happiness with the help of a 12 foot pole. Another monologue she wrote and performed, Pie in the Sky, was published in the anthology about lust gone wrong Worst Laid Plans: When Bad Sex Happens to Good People alongside works by Whitney Cummings, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Allison Brie and Laraine Newman. Tennor made her producing debut on John Schneider’s horror spoof, Smothered, shot on location in Baton Rouge. Her directorial debut, a self-penned short film drama, Cracked, starring Talyan Wright & Marguerite Moreau, garnered awards and laurels around the country including Best Direction of a Short Film at the Independent Filmmakers Showcase and Best Young Actor and Best Young Actress at the Woods Hole Film Festival on Cape Cod. Her feature script, Never Been Born, was a winner of the 2016 CineStory Fellowship and a finalist in several screenplay competitions including the Nantucket Film Festival Tony Cox Screenplay Contest. Judi Levine (The Sessions) is attached to Executive Produce the project, and Thomas Sadoski (I Smile Back) will Co-Produce and star. Tennor also owns and operates four restaurants in Los Angeles with her restaurateur husband and partner, Claudio Blotta: All’Acqua, an Italian spot in Atwater Village, Market Provisions in West Hollywood and barbrix in Silver Lake which was named Best Wine Bar in Los Angeles by LA Magazine and the freshly opened Côté Est, a French Bistro in Highland Park. Her ambition is to create more stories for and about women and to foster opportunities for a diverse point of view in theater, film and television.

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Director Statement

I’ve become very conscious of the way women are portrayed in media. Maybe it’s the #MeToo movement, or maybe it’s just my own awareness, stirring, awakening, as I move through womanhood and life on the planet as female. Now, when I write, I feel responsible for the integrity of women, and not just the ones in my story, but the ones in stories yet to come. I want to make sure we do them justice and crack the mold, and not perpetuate a stale, inadequate convention of who we used to be, or who we never were.

With Pie, I wanted to rewrite the archetype in which betrayal pits women against each other. I looked for another resolution for that scenario, one that didn’t conserve the dynamic of women as enemies. I’m embarrassed to confess that in one early version of the script, I succumbed to the gravitational pull of the “male gaze” that seems ingrained in me, in our culture, and proposed ending the story with a lesbian encounter. Realizing this preserved an unrealistic male fantasy, I edited that cliché, and came up with something I like better. I hope you do, too.

– Adria Tennor