No Comment (2020)

A still from  No Comment , featuring Bobby Stephenson as Robert Grainger.

A still from No Comment, featuring Bobby Stephenson as Robert Grainger.

This surreal chamber drama follows an actor’s mental breakdown at a press junket when a journalist confronts him with troubling details about his past.

For three years, I had been working on a story about a disastrous interview between a journalist and an actor. In those three years, the industry in which the film takes place has experienced a horrifying awakening. We learned about so many powerful men who perpetuated or aided sexual misconduct in Hollywood. Only after an industry-wide call to action, with Time’s Up and #MeToo, have these men spoken publicly about assailants they may have known about for years.

The short film No Comment became an opportune setting to tell a story about guilt: we learn an actor who represents an old, male-driven guard kept his head down against his co-star’s abuse to benefit his own career. The journalist profiling him is hellbent on bringing his story to light.

A still from  No Comment  ,  featuring Henita Telo as Abigail Strauss.

A still from No Comment, featuring Henita Telo as Abigail Strauss.

No Comment begins with the actor Robert Grainger sitting in a purgatorial studio. He is the star of the billion-dollar Max Grey franchise, preparing for his 17th interview of the day. He’s exhausted. Homesick. Haunted by memories he wants to forget. A man on the brink of a full-out war on himself.

Abigail Strauss runs into the studio and locks eyes with Robert. She’s been investigating the allegations towards Robert’s director involving his co-star Lyla Thompson. No confirmations. No answers. Abigail has five minutes to get an answer out of him. She pushes, and pushes. Until Robert explodes.

No Comment will be finished later this summer and is expected to premiere on a festival run in 2020.