Kristen - Melissa Malone
Nancy - Diann Gogerty
The Cremer Brothers & Grace Soriano
Written & Directed by
The Cremer Brothers
Director of Photography
Kristen's suicide is hindered when her friend, Nancy, decides to help her.
Director's Statement (The Cremer Brothers)
Production for Assisted Suicide was delayed due to co-star, Diann Gogerty, going into labor with her first child. This
event caused us to change certain jokes in the script that required the character of Nancy to be pregnant. Despite this delay once we began principal photography filming could not have gone smoother. The roles of Kristen and Nancy were written specifically for Melissa Malone and Diann Gogerty respectively; something we had never done before. They were chosen due to their unbelievable chemistry and their incredible individual talent. Continuing our tradition from our previous films we were the only crew, along with our Assistant Director, Grace Soriano.
The apartment we used to shoot at was a bed and breakfast that we rented for the weekend. We chose the location in part because of the decor. Once we saw the poster above the bed (“welcome to my beautiful life”) we were sold and immediately incorporated it into the the direction as well as the blank calendar that we discovered upon arriving on-set. It was shot entirely handheld because we wanted the shakiness to make it uncomfortable to watch, mirroring the way it feels to watch somebody struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts. We also left the film without a score for the same reason.
Screenings & Official Selections
Awards & Nominations
Year of Production
18:45 (alternate cut)
Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro
Bloomfield, NJ, USA
Filming was set to take place on March 25th and March 31st but was postponed due to Diann Gogerty (Nancy) going into early labor with her first child, Ellis Ward.
Marks the second time Diann Gogerty and the Cremer Brothers have worked together. The first being God's Law.
Marks the first time that the Cremer Brothers filmed in 4K.
Director Cameo: Joe played the role of Nancy's husband for the post-credit scene. The scene is not featured in the alternate cut.
An alternate cut of the film was created from April 22-23, 2019. It was edited down to make it more appealing to festivals that would otherwise pass on a twenty+ minute short film.
The home where the film was shot also housed the crew (The Cremer Brothers and Grace Soriano) for the weekend.
This is the first Cremer Brothers' film that did not have a musical score.
The Cremer Brothers chose to shoot the film entirely handheld to make it uncomfortable for the audience to watch, much like the discomfort one would feel watching somebody struggle with depression.