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Slump 
Short Narrative Film
Written by Lara Deglan
Directed by
Polly Pierce

Not your average sports movie...

***UPDATES***

  • Winner for Best Short Drama at the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival

  • Festival Winner of the Short Film category at the Topaz Film Festival, presented by Women in Film Dallas, US

  • Award of Excellence from the Canada Shorts Film Festival

  • Officially Selected for the Vancouver Asian Film Festival and screening as part of the Canadian Shorts Program

  • Officially Selected for the LA Indie Film Festival

  • Officially Selected for the Santa Fe Film Festival

  • Officially Selected for the  Vancouver Shorts Film Festival

  • Officially Selected for the LA Independent Women Film Awards

  • Officially Selected for the Chicago Indie Film Awards

  • Officially Selected for the Toronto International Women in Film Festival​

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“Slump” is a contemporary dramedy that uses the female perspective to look at the dark side of sports rituals. 

Sidney is a bigger tomboy who produces a spoof sports video of the University baseball team. A connection is struck between her and the team's third-baseman, Chase. Chase invites Sidney to a Frat House party where they hook up. It isn't until Grayson, Sidney's older professional baseball player brother, reveals to her that she has been targeted as a Slumpbuster, a larger woman used to have sex with in order for sports players to get out of their playing slump. Devastated, Sidney learns a hard life lesson.

I was honoured to be selected to direct this little known yet common place story of societal misogyny by the film's co-producers, Lara Deglan and Morgan Churla. I really wanted to convey Sidney's perspective and experience of being targeted as a Slumpbuster as, being a survivor of Domestic Violence, I could identify and empathise with her feelings of hurt, shame and humiliation surrounding such an incident as these are, sadly, similar reactions for female survivors in both instances. And to give visible expression to them and explore those awkward feelings was both cathartic and something refreshing I think to see in film.

We just wrapped post production and have already been Officially Selected by the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival.