Check Out Allison Raskin's Short "Clap"
Allison Raskin’s latest short, 'Clap,' starring Pete Gardner (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Dylan Gelula (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), is now available on her YouTube channel, Just Between Us, which means you can watch it right now!
Beth (Dylan Gelula) is home on break from college when she gets a phone call informing her that she has an STI. Hilarity (as well as a nice amount of understanding) ensues. "My hope with this film was to destigmatize STIs and show my skills as a director," says Allison. "If this does either I'll be thrilled!"
Clap’s strongest asset is the warmth it brings to a situation that is generally painted as a disaster when portrayed in movies and TV and its performances; the downside is that it feels like an extended PSA or an overly long set up to the ending’s punchline.
It’s important for kids to be able to talk to their parents, and it’s really great to see this real-life situations portrayed with a bit more honesty and understanding; however, the film lacks much conflict, and its arc is really more of a slight bend.
In terms of presentation, the short is pretty basic. The story doesn’t call for anything flashy, but there’s not much style evident to set the film apart. Raskin gets textbook coverage (shot/reverse-shot) and plays it a little too safe, but she gets good performances from her cast — and that’s the most important thing.
In addition to this short, Raskin also addresses STI destigmatization in her new YA novel Please Send Help, co-authored with Gaby Dunn, a sequel to their New York Times best-seller, I Hate Everyone But You.
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