2013, 81 minutes, color, U.S.A.
Margaret is a down-on-her-luck, lesbian hooker in training. She meets Jo, a beautiful, self-assured grifter from a wealthy family and an expert on picking up women, even though she considers herself a card-carrying heterosexual. The duo hit the streets, where they encounter bargain-hunting housewives, double-dealing conservative women, husky-voiced seductresses, mumbling erotic accessory salesmen, and shopaholic swingers. Navigating the bizarre fetishes and sexual needs of their “dates” brings into focus the hilarious differences between the two hookers, fellow travelers who share the road, but only for a while.
Writer/director Madeleine Olnek (Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival) melds her singular brand of comedy with the buddy-film genre to pay homage to and riff off of iconic male hustler films. Armed with a talented cast, The Foxy Merkins takes us on an unflinchingly outrageous urban adventure that is simultaneously uproarious, subversive, and poignant.
Director: Madeleine Olnek
Screenwriters: Lisa Haas, Jackie Monahan, Madeleine Olnek
Cinematographer: Anna Stypko
Editor: Curtis Grout; Associate Editor: Akina Van Der Velde
Sound Design: Bumi Hidaka
Producers: Laura Terruso, Madeleine Olnek
Associate Producers: Frances Bodomo, Victoria Mele, Jason Klorfein
Composer: Dan Bartfield
Principal Cast: Lisa Haas, Jackie Monahan, Alex Karpovsky, Susan Ziegler, Sally Sockwell, Deb Margolin