American Rouge

American Rouge è la storia di uno scrittore epilettico (Dejan Jelaca) trasferitosi di recente a New York per avere successo; tuttavia, il cosiddetto “regno della Libertà e delle Opportunità”, è in realtà più epilettico di lui e, pertanto, lo trascina verso la sua disfatta. A causa degli effetti collaterali del Phenobarbital, medicinale usato per prevenire i propri attacchi epilettici, lo scrittore ha allucinazioni e visioni alterate della Statua della Libertà, personificazione di New York, che egli vede rappresentata come una ballerina lasciva del Moulin Rouge (Katie Ostrowski) che tenta di sedurlo promettendogli Libertà e Opportunità: le massime illusioni del grande finto Sogno Americano.

American Rouge is the story of an epileptic writer (Dejan Jelaca), recently moved to New York in search of success. However, the so called “Kingdom of Freedom and Opportunities”, New York, is more epileptic than him and drags him down to his demise. Because of his disease, the writer has hallucinations of the Statue of Liberty as a Tango dancer, who sensually seduces him like the fake Big Dream.

  • Jay Manari
  • Jay Manari
  • Jay Manari
  • Dejan Jelaca
    Key Cast
  • Katie Ostrowski
    Key Cast
  • Angelo Marrone
  • Film Type:
    Music Video, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Narrative, music video
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 21, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    1,839 EUR
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    United States
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Director Biography - Jay Manari

Jay Manari is an Italian Film Director, Screenwriter, and Editor with experience working in short-films, music videos both in Europe (Italy) and in the U.S (California - LA & New York).

She graduated in Media Studies at the John Cabot University of Rome and specialized in Film and Electronic Arts at the California State University of Long Beach, and in Advanced Film Production at the New School of New York.
Thanks to her international experiences, she has foregrounded a dynamic, detail-oriented, and visionary approach to Filmmaking. Since 2013, she has produced and directed multiple films and explored a variety of genre (experimental, comedy, drama, music video, romance), some of which have been selected by eight international film festivals, among which the London Lesbian Film Festival (Canada), the Los Angeles CineFest, the Paris Lesbian & Feminist Film Festival (France), and the Sydney Transgender Film Festival (Australia).

In the Film Industry, she has held numerous professional roles. In LA, she began as Executive Development Assistant and Camera Operator for Simone Bartesaghi at the prestigious Los Angeles Film School. Next, she worked as production assistant within the Cineaste Films Production for the music video ‘Vandaag – Bakermat’ for the TV movie 'Megachurch Murder', also known as 'Shaker Pointe', directed by the writer and director Darin Scott.

In New York, she produced and directed her first music video, American Rouge, which won the "Best Experimental Short Film" Audience Award at A Corto Di Donne Film Festival (Pozzuoli, Italy).

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Director Statement

Everything that makes the possible out of the impossible depends on how much stubborn you are, how much strength you have and how many people you can convince to believe in your ideas. J.M