Austin Comedy Short Film Festival
Fall 2017 Official Selection
Tinder is the Night
The comedy short film, Tinder is the Night, is an official selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017.
- Director: Misha Calvert
- Runtime: 10 Minutes and 31 Seconds
- Category: Short Comedy Film
- Tagline: "Poor, dorky Eddie is excited about a hot first date, until it goes horribly wrong and leaves her stranded in a nightmare. Her three best friends try to help her navigate the tricky waters of online flirting to no avail. It takes a run-in with an ominous night terror for Eddie to understand that happiness starts with self-love."
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- Awards: Misha Calvert has been nominated for the "Best Actress" Award for the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival: Fall 2017
Director Misha Calvert Biography
Misha Calvert is an actor, writer, director, and producer with projects spanning theater, film, TV and digital. Her dramatic digital series Solitaire is a finalist in the Sundance/YouTube New Voices Lab for 2017, and her comedy The Industry was a finalist in 2016. Her short films Pee Sitting Down and Tinder is the Night are currently screening at festivals around the world.
Actress Misha Calvert Biography
As an actor, she has appeared regularly on the Emmy Award-winning show A Crime to Remember. Off-Broadway writer/director credits include three Chekhovian satires set in a 1980’s high school, and the original comedy A Seagull is Born. Off- Broadway acting credits include The Crucible, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Psycho Beach Party. Misha first achieved notoriety in New York as an experimental performance artist, where she garnered a great deal of press for her media manipulation and public satires, most notably Re-Virginization, The Mister and Miss Williamsburg Pageant, and the Bob Ross-themed fundraiser Beat the Devil Out of It which raised money for inner city art students.
Tinder is the Night: The Story Behind the Story
We caught up with the, Tinder is the Night, Film Crew, for a behind-the-scenes look at the production of this comedy film.
- Why did you think that your film was a good fit for the Austin Comedy Short FF "Whenever it screens in theaters, the audience is audibly, visibly laughing and enjoying it. Plus who can't relate to a traumatic date?"
- What inspired you and your team to make this film and how did you come up with the title? "I stole the title from a Tinder profile of a guy who unmatched me one time. This is my revenge, on him and every other guy who didn't think I was cute. I always build up my dates in my head to be these untouchable heroes, and I guess I wanted to finally bring out my inner dork from within me and share her with the rest of the world."
- What made the actors interested in being a part of your film? "They liked the script! A few of them said it made them laugh a lot when they were reading, which is naturally a good sign for a comedy."
- How were you able to get the locations for your film? "Some of them were free favors, and one of them (the movie theater) we just called the owner and asked. It wasn't free, but it was given to us at a huge discount because it was clear we were low budget filmmakers and not some large production company making a ton of money off the film."
- Can you talk about your sources of funding and favors that you received to complete this film? "I self-financed. The favors were everywhere. No one worked for their full rate, and we got the locations for free or very cheap. Some of the crew weren't paid at all and volunteered, and most of the actors as well."
- Has creating this short film helped the careers of the people involved in any way?
It's helped me most of all because I'm the writer/creator/star, but some of the actors are getting a little more exposure as a result. It hasn't been picked up by any distribution channels yet, but I am optimistic!
- What were some of the challenges that you encountered while making this film. "Writing/creating/starring/co-directing is not easy. I almost had a mental breakdown. Other than that, I seem to never give myself enough pre-production time. And during post-production I lost faith in my own work for about 9 months and really lagged on finishing it. Most of the major challenges were my own."
- 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. New York, New York!
- Can you tell us about a time when something really funny happened on set, that didn't get caught on camera. "One of the first shots we did on Day 1 was the movie theater. I had to eat all these nachos at six in the morning and really was not hungry, and I kept spitting them out into a cup so that I could eat fresh ones during the next take. It was vile. I had this entire cup full of masticated chips and nacho cheese and I think one of the PA's had to clean it up."
- Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? "Winner: Emerging Voices Award, Brooklyn Web Festival. Honorable Mention, Wendie Web Festival. Finalist, Elba Comedy Festival. Nominated Best Pilot, New Zealand Web Festival."