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The Debutante

"A reluctant society girl sends a hyena to the Ball in her stead."
Starring: Peggy Metzger as The Debutante,
Wendy Williams as The Hyena,
Marcia Bernstein as The Mother.
Based on the short story by Leonora Carrington.
Written / Directed / Edited by Ric Warren
With Tony Merritt, Louise Williams, Linda Morin,
Jennifer Lockwood, Hank Walker, Sharon Elba, Meeka Day.
Special FX make-up by Karin Shriver, Jennifer Lockwood.
Cinematography by Veva Edelson
Sound by Gene Biggins / Dante Di Genova
Filmed in Eureka, Arcata, Trinidad, Ca.
1991 / 2021
"Leonora Carrington (April 6 1917 – May 25 2011) was an English artist, surrealist painter, and novelist. She lived most of her adult life in Mexico City, and was one of the last surviving participants in the Surrealist movement of the 1930s. Carrington was also a founding member of the Women's Liberation Movement in Mexico during the 1970s.
'The Debutante', written in 1937, was a precursor of the bizarre black humour artist Leonora Carrington was to display throughout her life. It starts like this, “The beast I knew best was a young hyena…”, a tale in which a girl meets a hyena at the zoo and convinces the hyena to take her place at a dreaded ball. The hyena agrees, kills and eats the maid – bar her face (which was neatly nibbled around but left intact as a disguise). The pair almost pulls off the stunt, but at the end of the evening the hyena can’t resist eating the maid’s face too, exposing the crime. The hyena in ‘The Debutante’ joins both male and female into a whole, metaphoric of the worlds of the night and the dream."

  • Ric Warren
  • Ric Warren
  • Ric Warren
  • Peggy Metzger
    Key Cast
    "The Debutante"
  • Wendy Williams
    Key Cast
    "The Hyena"
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  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 19, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Ric Warren

From 35mm Still photography, to Super 8mm home movies, then 16mm Film, Video and now Digital.

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The camera is my personal medium of expression and film the way to capture it. Be brave enough to live life creatively.