LOGLINE: The first episode of the Back Office series introduces us to the notorious gastrointestinal disturbances of office worker Bill.
BEHIND THE SCENES - "I knew when Paul Valentine referred to himself as 'The Fat Kevin Costner', I had found the right man for the part..." - Peter John Ross, writer/director
The back office bathroom can be a dangerous place, especially if you’re unfortunate enough to share the lavatory with the infamous Bill (a.k.a. the Manhattan Project). When Jim becomes trapped in a stall privy to co-worker Bill’s explosive gastrointestinal disturbances (on a par with earthquakes, volcanoes, and nuclear winters), he loses a bit of his innocence.
Bill's aromatic flatulence is only the beginning, a precursor to the monumental bowel movements to come. To make the already disgusting situation even worse, Bill provides a narrative to accompany the rumbling roars of his innards. Bill’s commentary covers what he’s eaten as well as sporadic exclamations of relief.
Deciding to go on the offensive, Jim and his friend Ed discuss methods of deterring Bill's future eruptions. They draw up a list of rules for bathroom etiquette and hang several copies in the lavatory. Will Bill heed their advice, or use it when he runs out of toilet paper?
Behind the Scenes
Based on a true story, the story of that office worker who does not know the rules of Etiqutte for the restroom. The Manhattan Project could happen to you !
Originally one longer edit, now broken up into two 2 minute sections and available online as stand alone stories, not relating to Back Office.
Shot with a Canon Optura Mini DV camcorder and originally part of the BACK OFFICE series, but now stands as a two part series, available on several sites for viewing. Shot on location in Westerville, Ohio.
Official Selection to Australia's ARTHOUSE CIINEMA screening series down under. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Official Selection to the THE CHICAGO REALLY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL. Click Here for more info on May 7th, 2005 at 3:PM as a part of
Official Selection to the Cookies Film & Video Festival at The University of New England, Portland, Maine on November 13th, 2004
Official Selection to the Nebula Film Festival screenings in Chicago, IL on July 27th, 2004.
Official Selection to the Twisted Spine Micro Film Festival screenings in Cleveland Ohio on May 22nd, 2004.
Official Selection to the Mad River Microcinema screenings in Billings, Montana on May 9th and 11th, 2004.
Official Selection to ARLENE's GROCERY PICTURE SHOW in New York, NY April 11th, 2004
Official Selection at the Wreck Beach Film Festival in Ontario, Canada June 19th-20th, 2004
Official Selection to the GIGGLESHORTS International Comedy Short Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, as a part of the "Mini Giggles" June 12th, 2003 and also the GiggleShorts Film Festival, "Largest Comedy Shorts Festival in the world", September 24-28th, 2003
Official Selection the Drop Your Shorts Film Festival in July 2001.
Official Selection at the Ohio Independent Film Festival in Cleveland, Ohio November 6th, 2003.
Official Selection at the IU South Bend Film & Video Festival in South Bend, Inidiana University April 9th, 10th, 2004.
Official Selection at the Wellfair Film Festival in Atlanta, GA January 27th, 2004.
Official Selection at the Queen City Film Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio September 13th, 2003.
It was also an official selection for the Showtime Channel's ALTERNATIVE MEDIA FESTIVAL in 2001.
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