Fun Bodies

Chris and his careless friends waste their final summer weekend in the suburbs, just as relationships reach a breaking point.

  • Matt O'Connell
  • Matt O'Connell
  • Cesar Martinez Barba
  • Danny Scharar
    Director of Photography
  • Tiffany Goh
  • Matt O'Connell
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 14, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony A7s
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Occidental College
Director Biography - Matt O'Connell

Matt O'Connell received his Honors B.A. in Media Arts & Culture from Occidental College. His first short, STOP, premiered at the 2016 Chicago Underground Film Festival.

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Director Statement

Fun Bodies is an attempt to re-evaluate the timeworn ‘hipster’ on his own terms, toying with irony and emotional obscurity as a means of detachment. This particular friend group shares an addiction to the lo-fi Burger Records label. Instead of choosing to solely glorify or condemn this identity, it was most important to portray the characters’ hegemony of irony with a sense of moral ambiguity. Though simulating formal sincerity and indie naturalism as often as we could, the film serves as its own ironic gesture against the tired tradition of hip detachment. The ultimate goal is that this disruption of sincerity forces the spectator to come to terms with the way they engage hip sensibilities.