What Can I Say?
Two brothers assess their offensive joke to determine if it's appropriate for the overly sensitive social justice warriors that spend their lives on social media.
Year of Production
Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro
West Milford, NJ, USA
Although it was filmed during the 2020 quarantine the story was already written and mostly finished before the stay-at-home order. Once the world was shut down it seemed like the perfect film for the Cremer Brothers to do since they would only need two actors to be on-camera.
The idea is based on a true story. On January 18, 2019 Grace Soriano (long-time collaborator/silent partner) posted on Facebook that she was watching Rear Window (1998); a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic. The movie starred Christopher Reeve after his tragic accident that left him a quadriplegic. Joe Cremer wanted to comment: "How was Christopher Reeve's performance? Was he a convincing quadriplegic?". Worried that it might be too offensive for sensitive people on the internet he asked his brother, Herb, to weigh in. After a long discussion the joke was texted to Grace and never posted online. But the idea for the film was born in that moment.
The film uses John Williams' score from Superman (1978). The Cremer Brothers never got permission to use the score but they did create a version with the music removed to play at festivals.
"Who's to say what's offensive, anyway?"”