Margaret is a down-on-her-luck lesbian hooker in training. She meets Jo, a beautiful, self-assured grifter from a wealthy family and an expert on picking up women, even as she considers herself a card-carrying heterosexual. The duo hit the streets where they encounter bargain-hunting housewives, double-dealing conservative women, husky-voiced seductresses, mumbling erotic accessory salesmen and shopaholic swingers. Navigating the bizarre fetishes and sexual needs of their “dates” brings into focus the hilarious disparity between the two hookers, as fellow travelers who will share the road together but only for a while.
Writer-director Madeleine Olnek (Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, 2011 Sundance Film Festival) melds her singular brand of comedy with the buddy film genre to pay homage to and riff on iconic male hustler films. Armed with a talented cast, The Foxy Merkins takes us on an unflinchingly outrageous urban adventure that is altogether uproarious, subversive, and poignant.
About the Director
Madeleine Olnek is a writer/director who honed her skills in downtown New York City venues with over 20 produced plays-- all comedies-- which frequently enjoyed sell-out runs. A former student of David Mamet’s, she is one of the authors of "A Practical Handbook for the Actor," a widely-used acting textbook, which articulates a truthful approach to performance. A William Goldman Screenwriting Fellowship recipient (Columbia University), she is the writer/director of the cult comedy “Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same” (Sundance 2011), along with several other Sundance shorts.
Cast and Credits
Director: Madeleine Olnek
Screenwriters: Madeleine Olnek, Jackie Monahan, Lisa Haas
Executive Producers: Tobette Feinberg
Producers: Laura Terruso
Cinematographer: Anna Stypko
Editor: Curtis Grout; Associate Editor Akina Van Der Velde
Composer: Dan Bartfield
Sound: Bumi Hidaka,
Principal Cast: Lisa Haas, Jackie Monahan, Alex Karpovsky, Susan Ziegler, Sally Sockwell, Deb Margolin. Dennis Davis