When cheerleader Laurie accepts a date from the dreamy quarterback, a grisly manifestation of her bodily insecurity forces her into a nightmare. This horror short from director Jake Hammond is a disturbing but stylish, synth-pop inflected tale of teenage self-destruction. The body issue at the core of “Pigskin,” finds Laurie clawing at her stomach and vomiting out her lunch underneath her high school’s bleachers. When she’s asked out by the team’s quarterback, she agrees, but there’s something haunting her and it’s not going away. Playing Laurie and carrying the film as the All-American teen hiding a secret is Isadora Leiva, a naturally captivating talent. And the film’s self-assured vision and execution is carried out by Hammond with its own stamp mixing pop and gore, particularly impressive considering this was made as a student film at Florida State University. All elements click together and establish the whole team as promising newcomers. [Watch on YouTube]. (14 minutes). Directed by Jake Hammond. Isadora Leiva and Pablo Gonzalez. Co-Writers: Jake Hammond & Nicola Newton. Director of Photography: Nicola Newton. Producer: Paula Andrea Gonzalez. Production Designer: Aleksandra Hansen. Editor: Aleksandra Hansen.
For more on the film, read our interview with director Jake Hammond about the origins of the project, working with his collaborators, and why he gravitates toward disturbing ideas. [NoBudge Members Only].