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An ominous computer voice talks to a room full of wannabe actor-writers giving them all the information they need to have a nice party. It tells them when to introduce themselves, when to begin small talk, even when to step outside for some fresh air.
It’s a simple conceit cashed in effortlessly, a brilliantly awkward satire on modern communication. No one knows what to do unless a computer tells them, but when the machine kicks in, so does the overemphasized small talk, the absurd banter about millennial jobs (i.e. making lists for websites), and the superfluous manners of speech, like saying your name twice when you introduce yourself. Or when two women agree on a reason they don’t wash their hair — because somebody read it in a magazine once. Funny cause it’s true - the actual way we DO often discover and share information.
There’s a vibrant scene of young videomakers in L.A. making independent comedy that feels more like short films than sketches featuring surprisingly strong image-making and production value, and/or narrative engagement. Another prominent figure in this group is Andrew DeYoung, who gave voice to two emerging stars of comedy, Kate Berlant and John Early, in a series of short films last year. These videos tend to a complement a career in writing or comedy, but could just as easily lead to feature films. What a Nice Party is written and directed by Matt Ingebretson, an L.A. writer/comedian/videomaker, someone who obviously knows a lot of writer/comedian/videomakers, and enlists a slew of them here to chitchat and call it a movie. It works. (6 minutes).