Synopsis: Directed by Lucy Sandler, Sucker is a short film about Colleen and Kelly Fisher – two identical twin sisters who couldn’t be more different. While the Fisher parents dote on beautiful, popular Queen Bee Kelly, Colleen is completely ignored, left to spend her days pining over an unrequited crush. When Colleen discovers her sister has betrayed her by hooking up with the boy of her dreams, their heated rivalry takes a deliciously dark turn.

Director, Lucy Sandler comes from San Anselmo, California in the San Francisco Bay area. Lucy wrote Sucker as a satire of the high school teen comedies of the late 90’s – early 2000’s (Mean Girls, Jawbreaker) with the distinct visual style of films such as Clueless and Heathers.

via the Director’s Statement:

“When I was in high school all of the popular girls turned on me. So I’d sit in English class day dreaming, staring at each of them and expertly turning them each into caricatures of themselves. They had themes: for example Karen chewed gum so she wore all pink outfits with pleather go-go boots and a feather boa, she’d blow bubbles so big and loud they’d pop and scare the teacher, she stuck gum in people’s hair and in their backpacks. As a posse they were like Mean Girls combined with the Powerpuff Girls, Totally Spies, and Cher from Clueless. They lived in this crazy, colorful, pop world in my mind, and in this fantasy they were too ridiculous to hurt me.

The girls are mean, the colors are bright, and everyone is only a shell of a human being. I was careful to make each character morally repugnant in some way, just as most of us are during our painfully selfish teen years. There’s no good guy, because let’s face it, everyone in high school sucks.

As a sophomore in college I decided I wanted to create this world visually, and let some kind of ridiculous narrative unfold within it. As I wrote, it became a satire of everything high school – every stereotype and fashion statement and puberty induced insecurity. It drew from the characters that I had seen in teen comedies and from the ones I had created in my head. The girls wore pleather mini skirts and the boys sagged their pants. It got dark…I allowed the characters to act on all of those horrific angst driven instincts without justification. This became Sucker.

The girls are mean, the colors are bright, and everyone is only a shell of a human being. I was careful to make each character morally repugnant in some way, just as most of us are during our painfully selfish teen years. There’s no good guy, because let’s face it, everyone in high school sucks.

SUCKER (short film) usa

I used my own experiences and imagination to breathe new life into the a cliche of a “teen comedy”. ”

Sucker (USA)
Lucy Sandler
15 mins

Sucker (USA) will be screened at No Gloss Film Festival 2015.