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“Must Kill Karl” Directed by Joe Kicak

Austin Comedy Short Film Festival 

Fall 2017 Official Selection

Must Kill Karl directed by Joe Kicak

The short comedy film from Canada, Must Kill Karl, directed by Joe Kicak is the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017: Best International Comedy Film Award Winner!

  • Film Title: "Must Kill Karl"
  • Director: Joe Kicak | IMDb (Canada)
  • Writer/Producer: Karen Moore | IMDb
  • Producers: Ryan West | Robin Crumley
  • Starring: Claire Stollery, Jamie Spilchuck, Mike Lobel, Peter Mooney, Sarah Power, Scott Cavalheiro and Stacey McGunnigle
  • Best Supporting Actress Award Winner: Stacey McGunnigle | IMDb
  • Best International Comedy Film Award Winner
  • Director of Photgraphy: Gregor Hagey
  • Runtime: 12 min 13 sec
  • Category: Comedy Short Film
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  • Synopsis: Everyone has “that” friend - the one who shows up uninvited, drinks all your booze, and hits on your girlfriend - who we all secretly hate and wish would just go away; one night, a group of friends decide enough is enough and there’s only one way to get rid of him for good … they MUST KILL KARL.
  • Judges Review: "After viewing this film I came to a strong realization. We all do have that ONE FRIEND!!! "Must Kill Karl" will make you drop dead with laughs."
  • Event Review: "Must Kill Karl was a smash hit at the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017. There's something about the audience and dark comedy, because when the ending of this film hits, the crowd just erupted in shock and laughter. It's pretty safe to say that Must Kill Karl had a pretty legendary screening in Austin."
Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017 Best Supporting Actress Award
Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Best International Comedy Film Award Winner Fall 2017
Must Kill Karl Joe Kicak Stacey McGunnigle Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017

Actress Stacey McGunnigle

Must Kill Karl 2 Stacey McGunnigle (Molly) and Mike Lobel (Karl) in MKK Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017 copy

Must Kill Karl: The Story Behind The Story

  1. Why did you think that your film was a good fit for the Austin Comedy Short FF? "We've only heard amazing things about Austin as a city and what a fantastic film/music scene exists there, so that was one motivator. Also, there are surprisingly few festivals aimed at comedy shorts, so all signs pointed to it being the right move to apply to Austin Comedy Short FF!"
  2. What inspired you and your team to make this film and how did you come up with the title "Myself (Karen Moore, writer) and Joe Kicak (director) started talking about making a comedy short and landed on this premise surrounding a friend group that decide the only way to get rid of the friend they all hate is to kill him. It made us both laugh - we both have had "Karls" in our lives, and the character became an amalgamation of various assholes we've encountered. The title came easily and early on - it stuck with us and we feel it gives a clear impression of the film and it's tone."
  3. What made the actors interested in being a part of your film? "Mike Lobel (Karl) is a high-school friend of the Director's. They've always wanted to work together and Mike had a large hand in shaping the character. The other actors are all friends and peers with varying degrees of comedy and improv experience. They fed off each other's energies and strengths and it was an incredibly fun shoot."
  4. How were you able to get the locations for your film? "The short answer is we paid for them!"
  5. Can you talk about your sources of funding and favors that you received to complete this film? "We received a grant from Bravo in Canada called Bravo!Fact, which awarded us $50,000 to make the short. We pulled favours from all areas - actors, crew, gear, patience ..."
  6. Has creating this short film helped the careers of the people involved in any way? "Definitely. We've sold the short for broadcast with CBC (Canada's BBC), which led to the director, producer, and myself going into development with the CBC on a web series (the web series in unrelated to Karl, but the door was opened). We're currently seeking development funding for the feature version of the short film, and the success of the short is allowing us to do so."
  7. What were some of the challenges that you encountered while making this film? "The main challenges were on the first shoot day/night. We had a neighbour issue, and by issue I mean he was completely insane, and tried to get us kicked out, threatening to call the police, blasting his radio to ruin our sound, etc. That was then compounded with a terrible rain storm that shut us down at 4am... but thankfully the 2nd night went off without a hitch and we made up time."
  8. In what city and state was this film shot on location? If outside the US, what city and country? If multiple places, please list them. "Toronto, Ontario, Canada."
  9. Can you tell us about a time when something really funny happened on set, that didn't get caught on camera? "There's a shot in the film of Karl and 2 other characters bobbing in the water, as if they've just jumped out of a boat Karl lit on fire. It looks like an ocean, but it's actually Lake Ontario, which is infamously poluted and freezing cold... The actors (Mike Lobel, Peter Mooney, and Sarah Power) were incredible sports about getting in the lake until pieces of garbage started floating around them and they had to push the trash out of the frame themselves... It was funny in the moment for everyone on the beach... maybe funny to them in hindsight."
  10. Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? "So far we've been official selections at: Montreal World Film Festival, Edmonton International Film Festival, and Austin Film Festival."
Must Kill Karl 2 Cast of MKK Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017 copy
Must Kill Karl 2 Mike Lobel (Karl) in MKK Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017 copy

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