A short film by director and screenwriter Ian Samuels with loving production by MTV Other, Myrna The Monster debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and has announced being accepted at this year’s SXSW Film Festival! The film stars legendary Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, The Julie Ruin) as the voice of Myrna, a heartbroken alien dreamer from the moon who transitions into young adult life in Los Angeles just like any other 20-something. For the moral of the film to hit home, Samuels succeeded in hitting the right chord alongside Kathleen Hanna’s emotive voice. Hanna’s feminist punk background sits perfectly with the film’s portrayal of the universal desire to find meaning in life & identity, asking the question “Should I stay? Or should I go?”
As SXSW approaches, it is only fitting that a driving theme in the film is of a girl finding herself on the dance floor, with sweet dance moves to a soundtrack composed by BOYS (Jona Bechtolt, Rob Kieswetter, Jeffrey Brodsky) of YACHT (DFA Records). Entertainment Weekly shares the “Myrna’s Theme” Lyric Video today, alongside an in depth interview with Kathleen Hanna and Ian Samuels. Watch “Myrna’s Theme” Lyric Video HERE and we encourage you to post and share.
In merely 14:20 minutes, the film manages to touch sweetly upon inherently human issues through the eyes of a Martian: friendships, matters of the heart, the universal question “Is there anyone out there like me?” Myrna recently joined Tinder in the hopes of finding the answer to that question and discovered she is far from the only one, human or extraterrestrial, wondering the same. Take an exclusive peek at her Tinder experience exclusively with Flavorwire today.
The cinematically stunning film is a true story in many ways, offering a glimpse into the screenwriter’s dystopian observations when moving to Los Angeles. Along with Samuels, Hanna and BOYS of YACHT, Myrna came to life with the help of NONETHELESS Productions, producers Brendan Kennedy, David Harris, Giulia Caruso and Ki Jin Kim and MTV Other. Started in 2013, MTV Other works to creating first-rate “digital first” video content. Working with new and established content creators, MTV Other produces short form series of varying genres and formats ranging from animation to docu-series to scripted comedy.
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