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Weather Or Not

An egotistical New York author is outwitted by a small-town Uber driver.

Based on a diary entry by David Sedaris, this slice-of-life comedy reflects the superiority "urban élites" feel they have over regular Americans.

Our story follows persnickety author Benjamin as he tries to avoid the banal platitudes he’s dealt by his driver and everyone he meets in town. He’s only interested in ‘real talk’. Thanks to a ploy by his canny driver, Benjamin’s conceded, self-serving search for what he sees as deeper connections ironically leads to his loneliness and ultimate humiliation.

  • Eddie Grey
    Director
    The Singing Telegram, Last Christmas Party in New York, The Singing Telegram
  • Alyssa Carter
    Director
    Sing About It, Grapes, Trapped in Motion
  • Eddie Grey
    Writer
    The Singing Telegram, Last Christmas Party in New York, The Singing Telegram
  • Eddie Grey
    Producer
    Last Christmas Party in New York, The Singing Telegram
  • Travis Leland
    Producer
    Bury Me in Armor, Trapped in Motion
  • Alyssa Carter
    Producer
    Sing About It, Grapes, Trapped in Motion
  • Eddie Grey
    Key Cast
    "Benjamin "
    Last Christmas Party in New York, The Singing Telegram
  • Sarah Mullis
    Key Cast
    "Sarah"
    Betrayed, Hot and Funny
  • Ritzi Lanier
    Key Cast
    "Amanda"
    Love Letter, The Elevator
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Dramedy
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Helium
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Eddie Grey, Alyssa Carter

Eddie Grey is an Australian writer/director/actor based in New York City. This is his debut short film, having directed for the stage previously. As an actor his credits include 98 SECONDS, THE LAST CHRISTMAS PARTY IN NEW YORK, THE METHOD (Audible original series by James Patterson). Stage credits include THE BOOK OF MORMON (Broadway, Australia), WICKED, SPRING AWAKENING. Eddie’s second film, THE SINGING TELEGRAM is currently in post-production. He is also in development with UK-based Kilo Pictures on his pilot about a gay witch in New York, HomoHEXual.

Alyssa Carter is a writer/director based in Los Angeles, CA. Past short films include SING ABOUT IT; awarded Best Comedy with Subversive Cinema Society (2016), GRAPES; awarded Best Choreography and a Best Female Filmmaker nomination with 48HFP (2017), LAS 17 awarded Best Short Film with NSAEN Film Festival (2018) and Best Micro Short with United Latino Film Festival (2019). Recently completed production on short films WEATHER OR NOT and TRAPPED IN MOTION, officially releasing in 2022.

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Director Statement

I toured America in a major Broadway musical. We hit small towns, big cities and everything in-between. In each of these places, the locals assured me theirs was the 'real America'.

The one thing that united these disparate takes on what America is, was that every group thought theirs was the definitive America. My intellectual/queer circle in New York were SURE they had it right but so did the myriad of other communities I encountered.

I hope this film speaks a little to the often misplaced self-assuredness so many coastal educated people possess. Our protagonist, a successful young author, presumes he’s the smartest guy in every room, that his enlightenment means he has a special ability to find ‘lessons’ (however self-serving) in every situation. The joke’s on him, though. His inclination that so many of us share these days to try and look at the macro means he is lonely because he’s left not connecting at all. Sometimes, there isn’t a higher message to justify each of life’s travails. Sometimes, you’re just being played like the moron you are.