Written and directed by Colin Healey
Produced by Colin Healey & Dave Schachter
Part-time punk singer Irene McCabey (Rachel McKeon) moonlights as full-time harbinger of chaos - and her life in Austin is crumbling as a result. When her ex- girlfriend (Molly Carlisle) moves to kick her out of their band, Irene receives big news: an estranged grandfather has bequeathed to her a dilapidated house across the country in Pittsburgh. Stalling in the Steel City to forget her woes, Irene enlists a long-lost cousin (Jack Culbertson) to assist in a drunken renovation project. As the reunited relatives put their mark on the forgotten family home, cracks in the wild-child's hardened facade begin to show, but when an unexpected visitor comes knocking, Irene must choose between her newfound domestic side and her unquenchable desire for self-destruction.
Homemakers was filmed on location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and cinematographer Ben Powell (dir. BARGE, SXSW 2015) chose to shoot the film using only stunning natural and practical light. Pittsburgh visual artist Seth Clark’s collages of deteriorating urban architecture inspired the aesthetics of this film, and Seth designed the production alongside Danielle Laubach.
Ella Hatamian, producer; Christine Casaus, costume design; props by Travis Rohrbaugh; location sound by Landry Gideon; sound design, Arjun Sheth; Dave Schachter, editor.
Our painted poster is painted on board in acrylic by Brooklyn painter Kate Nielsen.
The eclectic soundtrack to this film, composed by Matt Bryan with Eva Avenue, and featuring DOOMSTAR!, Spenser Gralla & Noah Bond, Wax & Kush Mody, and the Dick Tady Orchestra with Rachel McKeon, will be released by Factory 25 on vinyl LP in winter 2016, packaged with a DVD of Homemakers.