Logline: Charlie and Val, best friends and owners of a fledgling Princess Party business in L.A., meet a charming divorcee and spend the day together. Our take: “Too Long at the Fair,” directed by and starring Jessie Barr and Lena Hudson, is a playful yet complex dramedy about a spontaneous connection that unexpectedly lands in provocative territory. When they show up late for the kid’s party they’re supposed to work, they lose the job to “real princesses” who showed up on time. As Val panics about money, Charlie tries to cheer her up, and soon they strike up a conversation with a divorced father who’s dropping off his kid at the party. They hit if off and one thing leads to the next, and soon they’re back at his place, swimming in his pool, smoking weed, drinking, and dancing. As the hours pass, the mood shifts: general giddiness is replaced by revealing conversations, and one in particular completely redefines the relationship of the trio. It’s a wonderfully written and performed film which employs a fascinating blend of tones, ranging from silly to penetrating to emotional, as it tackles its themes of friendship, failure, divorce and sexual fetish. (14 minutes). Written and directed by Jessie Barr and Lena Hudson. Starring Jessie Barr, Lena Hudson, Chris Messina, and Vivan Bang. Produced by Jessie Barr, Lena Hudson, Joe Dinnen, and Tom O’Brien. Co-produced by Libby Ewing. DP: Jac Fitzgerald. Editor: Alec Styborski. Costume Design: Mary Wuliger. Hair and Makeup Design: Kimberly Romo. Sound Design and Mix: Calvin Pia.
For more on the film, read our interview with Jessie Barr and Lena Hudson, where they discuss how the project began, balancing tones, and what was the hardest scene to pull off. [NoBudge Members Only - Become One Here].