Austin Comedy Short Film Festival
Fall 2017 Official Selection
Cancel the F---ing internet
The comedy short film, Cancel the F---ing Internet, is an official selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017.
- Director/Writer: Ryan Kayet
- Producer Dave Gibson
- Runtime: 12 min 51 sec
- Category: Comedy Short Film
- Location: Toronto, Canada
- Tagline: "You thought real life was hard? Try canceling your internet."
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- Review: "If you've ever dealt with service providers or telemarketers and had that 'One" customer service rep. Then you know what's in store. Step into the help desk from H E double hockey sticks. Oh the steps one has to take just to Cancel the F---ing Internet."
Cancel the F---ing Internet Film Synopsis
After the final infuriating straw, Dan calls his internet provider to cancel the f---ing internet. Surviving the apathetic gauntlet of support staff, he finally reaches the retention department and their star agent: Gerald. Things are finally looking up for Dan. That is until Gerald makes it very clear just how much he knows about Dan’s browsing history, and how far he’s willing to go to maintain his perfect retention record..
Ryan Kayet: Director's Biography
Ryan Kayet is an up-and-coming filmmaker that excels as a screenwriter, director, and producer. After receiving high praise for his thesis film, Lurker, Ryan co-founded Riverlife Productions with a desire to focus on strong character driven narratives. He has directed the bravoFACT funded short film One Day at a Time, based on the award winning Canadian play Cancer Can’t Dance Like This, and several music videos. His previous short Interview, a dramatic short about race, power, and the importance of choosing your words carefully, was funded by the Ontario Arts Council and played in several festivals. His most recent project, Cancel the F---ing Internet, is a hilarious short about privacy and the universal struggle of dealing with the cable/internet companies. Ryan is currently writing his first feature.
Cancel the F---ing Internet: The Story Behind The Story
- Why did you think that your film was a good fit for the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival? "We've been targeting different types of festivals based on region, recommendations, and fit. I felt like our short would work well in the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival."
- What inspired you and your team to make this film and how did you come up with the title?
"Ryan (the director) was trying to cancel his internet and was amazed by the sheer number of representatives he had to speak with -- each one aggressively trying to convince him to change his mind. At one point, instead of transferring him, he was instructed to hang up and call a new number provided. Which placed him in a brand new queue. This infuriating instance, combined with the growing concern of internet privacy and data collection, is what let to the idea for the film."
- What made the actors interested in being a part of your film? "I've worked with Amish Patel and Daniel Stolfi on several other projects. I approached them with the idea and they really liked it. We got together to write the script and filmed it over a weekend!"
- How were you able to get the locations for your film? "The office was from a previous employer and it was my house (Ryan Kayet)"
- Can you talk about your sources of funding and favors that you received to complete this film? "This project was extremely low-budget and self-funded. Our cast and crew was was made up of a team that we have worked with in the past; lucikly they were willing to donate their time and equipment from this project."
- What were some of the challenges that you encountered while making this film? "There was nothing that felt overwhelming. It was a fun project from beginning to end."
- Can you tell us about a time when something really funny happened on set, that didn't get caught on camera? "There is two hours of footage with Gerald (Amish Patel) listing off different website names. Half the takes end with the crew breaking down in laughter."
- Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? "Cinefest Sudbury - Official Selection and Runner-Up Audience Award; Calgary International FF (OS), Edmonton IFF (OS), Hamilton IFF (OS)"
Cancel the F--ing Internet was me and some film-making friends getting together and creating something fun! On a shoe-string budget of $300 (CDN) we spent a weekend making this film. On the surface, Cancel the F---ing Internet is a a fun film about the infuriating process of dealing with internet providers. Beneath this is a look into the growing concern of internet privacy and data collection. We were planning on just putting it on YouTube, but after seeing the initial edit and landing a killer score from James Ervin, I team realized they had something really special. We opted to do a lap in the festival circuit instead of just releasing online as I first intended. If you have a hate for big telecom companies and a big love for crude humour, you’re going to f—king love our short as much as we do. Enjoy!