Assisted Suicide

Credits

Cast

Kristen - Melissa Malone

Nancy - Diann Gogerty

Crew

Produced by

The Cremer Brothers & Grace Soriano

Written & Directed by

The Cremer Brothers

Director of Photography

Joe Cremer

Sound Engineer

Herb Cremer

Assistant Director

Grace Soriano

Kristen's suicide is hindered when her friend, Nancy, decides to help her.

Trailer

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
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Awards & Nominations
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Production Information

Year of Production
Duration
Genre
Camera
Ratio
Language
Budget
Filming Locations
2018
21:26
18:45 (alternate cut)
Dark Comedy/Drama
Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro​
2:35:1
English
$1,185.01
Bloomfield, NJ, USA
Photo Gallery

The sign above Kristen's bed. Photo by Joe Cremer.

Melissa Malone (Kristen) with signature noose.

Director Herb Cremer helps Diann Gogerty (Nancy) dispose of Lizzie. Photo by Melissa Malone.

Melissa Malone (Kristen) loved Lizzie. Photo by Melissa Malone.

We all loved Lizzie with Diann Gogerty (Nancy) and Melissa Malone (Kristen). Photo by Melissa Malone.

Producer/Assistant Director Grace Soriano's smiley face production slate and feet. Photo by Melissa Malone.

The Cremer Brothers figuring if the table needs to be moved to cheat the shot while Melissa Malone (Kristen) and Diann Gogerty (Nancy) "sit".

Producer/Assistant Director Grace Soriano. Photo by Melissa Malone.

Diann Gogerty (Nancy) on-set, using a fully functional computer. Photo by Melissa Malone.

D.P./Director watches playback. Photo by Melissa Malone.

The Cremer Brothers (Herb & Joe) watch playback. Photo by Melissa Malone.

D.P./Director watches playback with Director Herb Cremer. A.D./Producer, Grace Soriano, also pictured. Photo by Melissa Malone.

The Cremer Brothers (Herb & Joe) watch playback. Diann Gogerty (Nancy) and Melissa Malone (Kristen) seen in mirror. Photo by Melissa Malone.

D.P./Director (Joe Cremer) shoots some footage (with A.D./Producer Grace Soriano). Photo by Melissa Malone.

Diann Gogerty (Nancy) waiting to begin. Photo by Melissa Malone.

Poor Lizzie. Photo by Melissa Malone.

Diann Gogery (Nancy) and Melissa Malone (Kristen) take a selfie on-set. Photo by Melissa Malone.

Director cameo by Joe Cremer (Jesse) with Diann Gogerty (Nancy). Photo by Melissa Malone.

Director cameo by Joe Cremer (Jesse) with Diann Gogerty (Nancy). Photo by Melissa Malone.

The cast & crew on-set. From left: Herb Cremer, Grace Soriano (Assistant Director/Producer), Joe Cremer, Diann Gogerty (Nancy) and Melissa Malone (Kristen). Photo by Melissa Malone.

The Poster
The Poster

(from left to right) Diann Gogerty (Nancy), The Cremer Brothers and Melissa Malone (Kristen) at the 2019 Art is Alive Film Festival for the world premiere of "Assisted Suicide". Photo by Theresa Labreglio.

The world premiere at the 2019 Art is Alive Film Festival.

"Assisted Suicide" screening at the 2019 Art is Alive Film Festival.

"Assisted Suicide" screening at the 2019 Art is Alive Film Festival.

The Cremer Brothers with Melissa Malone (Kristen) Diann Gogerty (Nancy) during the Q&A at the 2019 Art is Alive Film Festival.

The Cremer Brothers with Melissa Malone (Kristen) Diann Gogerty (Nancy) during the Q&A at the 2019 Art is Alive Film Festival.

The Cremer Brothers with Melissa Malone (Kristen) Diann Gogerty (Nancy) during the Q&A at the 2019 Art is Alive Film Festival.

The Cremer Brothers with Melissa Malone (Kristen) Diann Gogerty (Nancy) during the Q&A at the 2019 Art is Alive Film Festival.

At the 2019 Art is Alive Film Festival.

At the 2019 Art is Alive Film Festival.

Grace Soriano at the 2019 Art is Alive Film Festival.

The certificate for our Best Comedy win at the 2019 Cutting Edge Film Festival

The Cremer Brothers at the February 2020 Brightside Tavern Film Festival. Hidden in the back are Melissa Malone, Diann Gogerty and Theresa Labreglio.

The Cremer Brothers with Tommy Parisi (owner of Brightside Tavern) at the February 2020 Brightside Tavern Film Festival.

Facts

Marks the fourth time Grace Soriano and the Cremer Brothers have worked together (Keep It in the DarkGod's Law; A Tall Drink of Walter).

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 third time Melissa Malone and the Cremer Brothers have worked together (Keep It in the DarkGod's Law).

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.