How far would you go for a stranger?
Inspired by the #MeToo movement and the headlines of the past year, THE BARTENDER explores the bystander's dilemma: interfere or do nothing? What can be done by witnesses of sexual misconduct to prevent future headlines?
Natalie Hebert stars as Carly, the skillful bartender at a swanky hotel lounge, who's thrown off her game by the arrival of Alan (Jay Dunigan), a powerful investor. As Alan and his leadership team celebrate with round after round of drinks, Carly is haunted by a dark secret about him, and becomes increasingly concerned for the safety of Heather (Isabel Emilia Simoes), the only woman in the group. Will Carly conquer her fear of confronting Alan in time to stop Heather from leaving with him―or will she be forever doomed to relive the past?
A Lovelee Production, this 10-minute psychological thriller is the shared thesis project of Travis Newsad, Lelai Givens and Darian Stansbury―MFA graduates of Boston University's Cinema & Media Production program, in collaboration with Joe Apatow, MFA, screenwriting, Boston University.
The production enlisted the additional talents of composer Cadence Hira, sound designer Rebecca Marti, script supervisor Nieves Garcia, and production designers Claire Whitney, Xiaoyi Zhao, and Bing Cheng.
Filmed on location in Boston over six days at master mixologist Jackson Cannon’s award-winning Hawthorne Bar and The Hotel Commonwealth. Casting by CP Casting and Emmy award-winning casting director Carolyn Pickman (The Departed, Good Will Hunting, Shutter Island).
THE BARTENDER made its world premiere at the Pasadena International Film Festival and will tour the international festival circuit in 2019 - 2020.
Natalie Hebert, Jay Dunigan, Isabel Emilia Simoes, with Marshall Berenson and John Halloran