Wesley Loses His Penis

Wesley Loses His Penis happens to be about a man who loses his penis. Fueled by self-hatred and writer's block, Wesley indulges in a shameful act and and finds himself in an Alice-in-Wonderland of humiliations spearheaded by a supernatural ram.

  • Brennan Thomas McGee
  • Brennan Thomas McGee
  • Sierra Oleson
  • Avery Chung-Melino
  • Jonah Moshammer
  • Sunce Franicevic
  • Alex Herrald
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  • William Hennefer
    Key Cast
  • Serra Naiman
    Key Cast
  • Sophia Salesky
    Key Cast
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    Dark comedy, Psychological Drama
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 18, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Brennan Thomas McGee

Brennan is a writer-director tending toward the
psychological. He has a difficult time working on projects that are not deeply -- often embarrassingly -- personal.

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Director Statement

Wesley was born of my strife as a writer to finish a project for the life of me, I couldn’t. The script went through a series of title changes: Game Boy, House, Desk, before arriving at Wesley Loses His Penis. I was living at home during the lockdown and my mental health was at an all time low.

Naturally I fell further into spirituality and Eastern philosophy, and I kept coming across this idea of ‘starting again.’ It’s the idea that any past unholy deeds you’ve committed don’t need to define who you are as the current software version of yourself. You can start again and forget the past; It’s why Christians confess, Buddhists meditate, and writers drink.

Because I'd already tried out being an alcoholic and it didn't turn me into Stephen King, I developed a practice of self-forgiveness and as I did my mental health improved. The process was fairly all-consuming, and they say to write about what you know, so I wrote about that. It became less about the writing being good or bad and more about the writing being authentic. Wesley’s arc toward self-forgiveness mirrors mine, the small difference being his penis is taken away from him by a supernatural ram and that has not happened to me.

—Brennan McGee