Dirty Rhetoric




Presented in three chapters; a gambling bandleader, Ruth, who narrowly escapes a hit on her life stumbles upon a spiritually suffocated psychic, Bea, dead set on hosting her last Fourth of July soirée, surprised by the arrival of her estranged sister Elizabeth, who on the heels of a whirlwind elopement never expected to confront her poisonous past. Increasingly bizarre experiences involving these three women and their unsuspecting counterparts lead them to confront ego, power, and money in a frenzied and untimely finish.

JAMES EVANS is a filmmaker from Mastic Beach, NY. He received his BA in economics from Fordham University. Upon graduating he heard the call to become a visual storyteller, a passion he has had for his entire life. As an MFA candidate at SBU/Killer Films he has realized six short films: Julie and Kay, My House, Call Me, Beautiful, Brennen, Good Grief, and Whiskey Kills the Hunger. In addition to teaching film at SBU, he has also compiled an extensive writing portfolio ranging from a television spec script to multiple feature films. His work is a love letter to his hometown, dealing with working class people and the dark humor that is inherent to the human condition. More info at jamesevansfilms.com.

In addition to a solid base of studio film and TV credits, AMY GAIPA’s first love of independent and developmental projects includes the character Lady in Good Grief, feature films Silver Tongues and La Vida Inesperada, Trudy Bolt in TITANIC, the Sloane readings at the Tribeca Film Festival, Sam in Show Pony and a plethora of roles with New York Madness, and most recently Meredith in The Visiting Hours off-off Broadway. A summer stint with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, which included Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, seemed to usher in this very productive artistic period. Amy is thrilled to be a directing MFA Film candidate with SBU/Killer Films as well as serving as a Production Designer and Producer on multiple projects. Amy teaches film at SBU and is a member of NYWIFT, New York Women In Film & Television.