CHICKS is a genre-defying short film about a shy teen who anxiously arrives at a slumber party hosted by a group of popular, unapologetically confident girls. What starts off as a bubbly, cotton-candy colored sleepover quickly spirals when Polly discovers that she’s actually the heart of their bizarre nighttime ritual.
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GEENA MARIE HERNANDEZ
Director / Writer / Mother Hen
CHICKS is a mashup of the stereotypical bubblegum-pink world of the teenage girl and an absurdly twisted coming of age catharsis like no other.
I was very shy growing up, always worried about what people thought about me and was afraid to fully be myself. Strangely, the one personality trait that I never felt judged for was being a tomboy. I rejected all things feminine and would NEVER be caught wearing the color pink. Now it’s half my closet.
In the media, femininity is often reduced to the butt of a joke, or otherwise not taken seriously. Many female characters are reduced into demeaning categories: dumb, slut, bitch, crazy ex... the list goes on. Femme characters in media are typically pitted against each other, and you can practically guess what’s gonna happen when an outsider girl goes over to the house of the intimidatingly confident popular girls. If it’s a chick-flick: makeover time! If it’s a horror film: bloody murder, most likely. Why can't a female-identifying character enjoy glittery pink nail polish but be as multi-dimensional as any other character?
Despite the unraveling absurdity of CHICKS, it’s ultimately a fun and subversive coming-out-of-your-shell story. It just happens to also be a bloody dinosaur chicken worshipping cult…but y'know, #justgirlythings!!
I’m so humbled and inspired by the talent, passion, and dedication of every single person that helped make this weird little movie possible. They’re a cast and crew made up of mostly young femme and BIPOC filmmakers that I’m honored to have crossed paths with.
THE REVIEWS ARE IN
"Chicks is a sharp genre-defying take on a classic teenage girl slumber party, addressing the stereotypes and media portrayals of female friendship with humor."
-Jenifer Westphal (Founder of Wavelength Productions)
“Chicks invites the viewer to rethink on-screen depictions of teen female friendships, which are typically fraught with needless rivalry and manipulation."
"Its vivid, ambitious finale will leave you reeling: an overall audience pleaser with just the right amount of WTF."
-Kevin Conner (Senior Programmer, NFFTY)
"Chicks is a fun horror comedy, oozing with style. It serves as a strong showcase for Writer/Director Geena Marie Hernandez."
-Curt Wiser (OC Movies, TV & Streaming Reviews)
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"I recommend you see Chicks, and if you can, at a film festival near you. This really is the kind of raucous, wild ride that would be fun to see at a crowded midnight screening."
"If you like fun, stylistic “WTF” movies where you’re not sure where it’s heading but you’re totally down for the ride, Chicks definitely has that."
Read about why CHICKS was selected for the 2021 WAVE Grant, given to BIPOC women filmmakers and created by the multi Sundance winning studio Wavelength Productions.
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