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“The Cable Men” Directed by Robin Conly

Austin Comedy Short Film Festival 

Fall 2017 Official Selection

The Cable Men, directed by Robin Conly

The comedy short film, The Cable Men, is an official selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017. Robin Conly won the "Best Director Award"

  • Director: Robin Conly
  • Writer/ Producer: Holt Boggs 
  • Runtime: 11 Minutes
  • Category: Comedy Short Film
  • Tagline: "​Several wine bottles deep, Cindy orders a couple of male escorts in an effort to get back at her cheating ex-husband. Two idiot cable TV repair men show up to the wrong damn house."
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  • Review: "Breakups are hard to do. The Cable Men will leave you (not like Cindy's husband) in laughter. An excellent performance by the entire cast with great comedic timing. Holt Boggs is especially good at creating fun dialogue for the characters as well as putting in his own comedic performance as an actor."

Robin Conly: Director's Biography

An award winning writer and director, Robin is a unique combination of die hard ambition with a class clown disposition. She's spent over a decade directing family films and is excited about stepping outside of her box in future projects. Robin Conly Statement about the film, "After my divorce, I told actor/writer Holt Boggs that I wanted to do something completely different from anything I had ever done before. A few weeks later, he brought be the script for The Cable Men and I leaped at the chance to do this off the wall comedy. I loved the idea of this recently divorced woman wanting to do something crazy. This was my something crazy."

The Cable Men: The Story Behind the Story

We caught up with the The Cable Men film crew, for a behind-the-scenes look at the production of this comedy film.

  1. Why did you think that your film was a good fit for the Austin Comedy Short FF? "We love Austin, live in Austin, shot it in Austin! Oh, as we think it's funny."
  2. What inspired you and your team to make this film and how did you come up with the title? "I wrote this originally as a pitch piece for a feature film called, Brothers McShane. I always love stories about characters that are in the wrong place at the wrong time, but are too naive to know it, or in this case, too stupid to know it. My idea was to parody a 'story' element commonly used in old porn films back in the 90's. The title, 'The Cable Men', was to play along with that. I wanted something masculine sounding to contrast from the obvious lack of masculinity that Fred and Barney have."
  3. What made the actors interested in being a part of your film? "I actually wrote it for myself and Jon Michael Davis. We've done several features together and have a great chemistry, but finding a Cindy was so tough. Brandi Hollsten was the only option after reviewing over 40 tapes for 'Cindy'. Luckily she really liked the script and here we are!"
  4. How were you able to get the locations for your film? "The director has a very nice and patient friend that let us use her home. It's probably the last time she lets anyone shoot in her house though."
  5. Can you talk about your sources of funding and favors that you received to complete this film? "We basically scrounged up a couple grand and the director had just got several of her crew friends hired on a nicely budgeted feature, so she was able to call in few favors from those peeps and they agreed to work for a lot less than their usual day rates. We got super lucky!"
  6. Has creating this short film helped the careers of the people involved in any way? "For me personally, I've done a lot of heavy dramas professionally, and although I started out in stand-up, I didn't have the track record as a funny guy. Since finishing 'The Cable Men', I've started to get some more comedy offers."
  7. What were some of the challenges that you encountered while making this film? "Money and probably... nope, that was it, just money. We had crap lenses the first day and having to do it again and the money to do it again, I would've scrapped day , re-shot it and added an extra day to it. We also blew a transformer in the house we were shooting in."
  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." We shot it up in North Austin.
  9. Can you tell us about a time when something really funny happened on set, that didn't get caught on camera? There was a ton, but one that comes to mind was working with Eric Penalver who doubled me in a fantasy sequence in the film. He's a body builder, this guy is a house, he's frickin huge! I wanted, for a tight insert shot, for him to flex his pecs alternating left and right and he was having issues. He hadn't done that before, so there I am trying to give him lessons. It was like Pee-Wee Herman trying to teach the Hulk.
  10. Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? We just started the fest circuit but we premiere the week before Austin Comedy Short Film Festival, as an Official Selection at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival.

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