The Exquisite Corpse Project
Director, Ben Popik
Ben Popik brought his former comedy troupe a challenge: the five writers would each write fifteen pages of a movie, having read only the previous writer’s last five pages. They agreed with one stipulation: if they wrote the movie, he had to make it. The result is this one-of-a-kind narrative-documentary hybrid that is equal parts comedy, children’s television show, love story, and supernatural adventure. Meanwhile, documentary footage provides an inside look into the creative process and the group dynamics that make collaboration between friends difficult.
Ben Popik is a comedy writer/director, and former member of the sketch group Olde English – with whom he produced over 150 videos, had a monthly show at the UCB Theatre in New York City, and performed at HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival. Olde English also performed at the San Francisco, Toronto, and Chicago Sketchfests; was featured in the New York Times; on Good Morning America; Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List;” and made pilots for Comedy Central and MTV. Popik is currently touring with The Exquisite Corpse Project.
The filmmaker and an assembled panel of experts will be present at the screening and work with the Ferguson Center to engage both CNU students and local community members to build greater appreciation for their works and the art of film.
On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program, Christopher Newport University’s Office of the Provost and the Ferguson Center for the Arts.