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Tears of Joy

A mockumentary about the life and work Marty Joy. The man in Hollywood who was responsible for making child actors cry.

  • Phil venti
    Living on the edge, The Handyman,
  • Phil venti
  • Roman Banks
  • Matt Schneck
    Key Cast
    "Marty Joy"
    Julius Caesar (Cassius), The Taming of the Shrew (Grumio), and at Local Theatre Company in The Rape of the Sabin Women. Previous credits include London Assurance (Broadway – Nominated for 4 Tony Awards); The Merchant of Venice (The Royal Shakespeare Company – starring
  • Mark Adrian
    Key Cast
  • Eric Jewit
    Key Cast
    Return of the jedi (First AD)
  • Jarrett Ho
    Plucked Early
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    16 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 22, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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  • Cinifest
    United States
    May 24, 2018
    Cu Denver
Director Biography - Phil venti

Raised by a single mother and the late night tv she didn't allow him to watch, Phil Venti is a comedian/writer/musician from Huntington Beach California. Ever since he made his second-grade class laugh by accidentally choking on an orange that he brought for show and tell, Phil became hooked on making people laugh. He attended Mater Dei High school, Mr.Venti found Joy in acting and became the President of the Improv club for two years. After graduating continued to study improv at the UCB improv theater where he wrote and performed for six years. Currently, he lives in Denver where he attends the University of Colorado making student films.

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Director Statement

Whose job is it to make kids cry on command in making a film or television program? Does such a job exist? Recently, I watched a Mcdonald’s commercial that involved an crying infant in a baby swing. It appeared that the child was crying because it couldn't get to the Mcdonald’s across the street.

After seeing this, my first assumption was that there was actually a person on set who was told to make that baby cry. This small question slowly led into an interesting and humorous premise about how there’s one guy in Hollywood whose job it is to make bad child actors cry for better performances in movies.

With this film, I wanted to take my love as a consumer of movies and television and make a mockumentary about this theme.

I wanted to create a world where Marty Joy, my main character, seemed real and he had the actual job of making kids cry in films. For fifteen minutes, my audience could forget about their troubles and worries and believe in the joy of Marty.