Logline: In this comedy, a psychic swindle tests the bonds of love between two sisters as a irritatingly attractive detective threatens them with a long stay in a prison hellhole.
Run Time: 13 Minutes
Year Completed: 2015
NYWIFT Members Involved: Janet Stilson (exec producer, writer, actor), Jennifer Wollan (producer)
Director: Nicole Gomez Fisher
Having special “powers” is not all it’s cracked up
to be – especially when your not-so-gifted sister
decides to pick up on the hustling opportunity,
and a really hot guy would like to send the two of
you to jail. That is at the heart of The Beauty of
Disaster, a 13-minute romantic comedy-drama
with a twist of magic.
The film revolves around CLAIRE, a straight-laced
marketing executive with a secret handicap: she
has bizarre psychic visions that often lead to big
trouble. One day, on the streets of New York, she
has a vision of a very seductive, threatening
detective, FRANKLIN. He makes Claire aware that
her scheming sister, CLEO, has gotten herself in a
hot mess that is about to go nuclear.
Cleo, who has no special powers, is using her skills
as an actress to pose as a psychic. She cons a tough old
broad, BUNNY, out of an extremely valuable necklace
by convincing Bunny she should hold onto the jewelry
for spiritual protection.
Claire visits Cleo, absolutely furious. As Cleo tries to
calm her sister down, Franklin bursts in and reveals
that Bunny is his mother. Claire is at once extremely
attracted to him and terrified as he threatens them
with a deep vortex of legal torture.
Claire promises Franklin that she will find the necklace
if it is the last thing she ever does. But Bunny, who
suddenly realizes she has been scammed, arrives and
goes after Cleo like a heat-seeking missile.
Claire deactivates the explosive situation, and comes to
terms with her sister as well as with Franklin.
The film was inspired by conversations with real-life
psychics and the detectives who study their occasional
It is about standing by certain relatives, even when you
and everyone else think they are nuts. And it is about
the unexpected beauty that can arise out of moments of
pure catastrophe. ...less
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