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McTucky Fried High (2015 SS Fest Entry)

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(ANIMATION) When a popular McTucky Fried High football player comes out as gay, everyone wants a piece of him as they process what it means to have an openly gay student. (Awards: Chicago Digital Media Production Fund – Weissman Award)

Director/Creator: Robert Carnilius
Animators: Rachel McDonald / Cullen Parr
Casting by: Yuvin Lee
Recording Engineer: Kelsey Lynch
Character Designs by: Robert Carnilius
Character Models + Mouth Charts: David Lyerla
Writers: Robert Carnilius, Jerrod Howe, Fahima Mohamood, Bubba Murray
Story Editor: Jerrod Howe
Post Sound Designer + Post Sound Mixer: Aj Olstad
Original Music by: Joshua Kramer
Theme Song Composed & Performed by: Joshua Kramer

Cast:
Carlo Aparo………………. Henry, Mr. Applehead
Isa Arciniegas…………….. Angela, Hanna
Michael T. Black…………. Kevin, Toni, Benedict
Kristen T. King…………… Sheri, Miss Curdle
Rachel Melius…………… Shirley, Blu, Paula
Adrienne M. Walker……. Peanut
Bubba Murray…………… Sheri (Dark Voice)

About McTucky Fried High

McTucky Fried High is the brainchild of filmmaker, illustrator and activist, Robert-Carnilius, who was named one of NewCity’s Film 50 and was a 2014 Student Academy Awards® Finalist. It is also one of twelve projects funded by the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund from Chicago Filmmakers and the Voqal Fund.

Using comedy and a host of diverse characters, McTucky Fried High tackles subjects absent in mainstream cartoons. While foregrounding LGBTQ characters, it focuses on issues teens face. Across five episodes, the web series will explore coming out, extreme diets, being genderqueer, bullying, and sexting.

Each episode will be released bi-montly starting January 26, 2015 on www.McTuckyFriedHigh.com where people can sign up for the Mctucky Bites newsletter for exclusive content.
Backstory:
All my previous films deal with social issues and they were all experimental and/or dramas. People liked them, but it always seemed like audiences were more fond of comedy, so I knew I wanted something that was funny with a positive message. McTucky Fried High came to me one day in class. While I was doing an assignment, I was thinking about fitting in. As humans, we try so hard to fit in and be things we’re not, and I thought how funny would it be if a healthy food was trying to be a junk food? From that, the characters jumped out of my head and on to the page. They each had their own quirks and personalities. They were funny humanoid food cartoon characters, but they still had wants, needs, and issues human teens face. Gender Identity and body image issues are also issues that I struggled with as a teen, so the stories were coming from a genuine place.

Interesting stories about making of film:
Rendering for a 20 second scene took over a day!

About the director:
Robert Carnilius received a BA in Mass Media Production with a double minor in Film studies and Graphic Design and Illustration from Salisbury University, Maryland and is currently working towards an MFA in Film writing and directing at Columbia College Chicago.
In film, Robert enjoys working with uncomfortable subjects and presenting an array of characters outside the social norm. Robert wants to engage the audience and encourage them to approach any given topic with a new perspective.
Robert is an activist especially in the LGBTQ community and am a proud feminist and vegan. In addition to filmmaking, Robert is a graphic designer, illustrator, and animator.

About McTucky Fried High

McTucky Fried High is the brainchild of filmmaker, illustrator and activist, Robert-Carnilius, who was named one of NewCity’s Film 50 and was a 2014 Student Academy Awards® Finalist. It is also one of twelve projects funded by the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund from Chicago Filmmakers and the Voqal Fund.

Using comedy and a host of diverse characters, McTucky Fried High tackles subjects absent in mainstream cartoons. While foregrounding LGBTQ characters, it focuses on issues teens face. Across five episodes, the web series will explore coming out, extreme diets, being genderqueer, bullying, and sexting.

Each episode will be released bi-montly starting January 26, 2015 on www.McTuckyFriedHigh.com where people can sign up for the Mctucky Bites newsletter for exclusive content.

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