Film Maudit 2.0 – MOPE
November 15 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm PST$10
In the multibillion-dollar world of pornography, the term mope refers to a low-level, wannabe porn actor who perhaps isn’t quite well endowed or otherwise attractive enough to achieve the success granted to “bigger”-name porn stars. Within the seedy underbelly of the industry, mopes are the lowest of the low, hanging around sets and taking on menial jobs with aspirations of being called upon to participate in a colossal gang-bang scene that could (but most likely won’t) lead to their big break.
Stephen Clancy Hill and Herbert Wong, respectively known by their porn alter egos Steve Driver and Tom Dong, were two such mopes—real-life best friends attempting to live the impossible porno dream, but the blurred line between reality and delusion ultimately sent them both tumbling down a path of destruction. (USA, 2019, dir. Lucas Heyne)
Screened with short film: Umvelt (USA, 2018, dir. Bethany Orr)
UMWELT (“oom-velt”) paints the world as it is experienced by a particular organism: the modern white human incel.
Director Bio (MOPE)
First-time feature director Lucas Heyne crawls right under the skin of this grimy landscape, crafting a melancholy portrait of two misguided souls seeking love and acceptance, same as the rest of us. This is a true fucking story—you can’t make this shit up.
Lucas Heyne is from Humboldt County, California, and attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He began directing videos for Switchfoot, Fu Manchu, Lil’ Romeo, and Spose. He went on to direct commercials for Burger King and Fox Sports, just to name a few. Heyne has written scripts for Dimension Films and the Walt Becker Company. He is currently working on a biopic about shock rocker Gigi Allin.
Director Bio (UMVELT)
Bethany Orr is a lover of all things absurd and disturbed. She has studied with Werner Herzog in his Rogue Film School, starred in the SXSW feature “Excess Flesh,” incubated in the Transatlantic Talent Lab in Iceland, and given birth in her living room.