Vax (Short)

This tongue-in-cheek, deconstructionist mockumentary from writer/director Chris Caccioppoli (East of Hollywood, The Loving Dead, The Cocks of the Walk), takes a comedic look at the varying ideologies around those who opted-out of the vaccine. Playing off the prevalent conspiracy theory, the comedy is set in a world where a microchip planted in the vaccine causes the body to shut down in a "blue scream of death," killing everyone on the planet except the ant-vaxxers. The film follows seven neighboring survivors as they selfishly navigate a post-apocalyptic world. The subjects include a religious zealot (Matt Mindell), a dooms-day prepper (James Morgan), an environmentalist (Natalia Borges), an actor who feared the vaccine's cosmetic side effects (Manoli Ioannidis), a workaholic who was too busy to get vaccinated (Llewellyn Connolly), and a gamer who was too lazy to make an appointment (Jasmine Cornielle). What starts off as individual storylines, gradually becomes an interwoven comedy of errors with each character's self-interest in direct conflict with another character's ideologies. The film doesn't poke fun at any particular belief system, but rather highlights the importance of co-existing in uncertain times.

  • Chris Caccioppoli
    Director
    East of Hollywood, The Loving Dead, Pressure Tube, The Cocks of the Walk
  • Chris Caccioppoli
    Writer
    East of Hollywood, The Loving Dead, Pressure Tube, The Cocks of the Walk
  • James Morgan
    Producer
    Annabelle, Three Dicks, The Weary Kind
  • Manoli Ioannidis
    Producer
    Annabelle, Three Dicks, The Weary Kind
  • Llewellyn Connolly
    Producer
  • Matt Mindell
    Producer
    East of Hollywood, The Cocks of the Walk
  • Chris Caccioppoli
    Producer
    East of Hollywood, The Cocks of the Walk
  • Manoli Ioannidis
    Key Cast
    "Mateo"
  • Matt Mindell
    Key Cast
    "Mr. Aberdeen"
  • Natalia Borges
    Key Cast
    "Sunbeam"
  • James Morgan
    Key Cast
    "Dustin"
  • jazmine Cornielle
    Key Cast
    "Zoe"
  • Llewellyn Connolly
    Key Cast
    "Glenn"
  • Chris Caccioppoli
    Key Cast
    "Dustin"
  • Dave Burdette
    Director of Photography
    Reindeer Games, Soulmating
  • Chris Caccioppoli
    Editor
    East of Hollywood, The Loving Dead, Pressure Tube, The Cocks of the Walk
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 11, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    Bengali
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Chris Caccioppoli

Chris Caccioppoli is an award-winning writer and filmmaker known for his absurd humor and obscure, but relevant, subject matters. He started his career with the iconic National Lampoon, and his unique comedic voice has been earning him recognition ever since.

In 2013 he directed his first feature, The Cocks of the Walk, a raunchy comedy about the sport of Badminton. Over the next decade, he wrote and directed the award-winning short films Reindeer Games, The Loving Dead, Pressure Tube, and East of Hollywood, which earned him over 20 awards, including Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Editing, and his films have taken home numerous Best Short and Audience Choice Awards at festivals across the country.

He has also served on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization, The FilmShop, which holds workshops and promotes collaboration within the New York filmmaking community. He is currently serving as the Creative Director and board member for the non-profit, The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, and runs the production company, Chimera Entertainment.

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