The Foxy Merkins


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

About the Director

Madeleine Olnek is a writer/director who honed her skills in New York venues with more than 20 produced plays, all comedies. She is coauthor of A Practical Handbook for the Actor, which includes a foreword by David Mamet, and received the William Goldman Fellowship in Screenwriting and the Adrienne Shelley Award for best female director from Columbia University. Her Sundance Film Festival shorts Countertransference (2009) and Hold Up (2006), and her feature, Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same from the Festival in 2011, are viewable online.


1/20/2014 2:30 pm
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
1/21/2014 6:00 pm
Temple Theatre, Park City
1/23/2014 3:45 pm
Broadway Centre Cinema 3, SLC
1/24/2014 3:30 pm
Redstone Cinema 1, Park City