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The Act

9 mins Teen 2004 US United States of America



Rosy Marconi is a standup comedian with a dark secret.


At a comedy club, the Ha Ha Hut, the M.C. introduces the next act, comedian Rosy Marconi (Debra Jo Rupp from 'That 70s Show') . She's approaching middle age, announces she's just gotten a divorce and says, "Please, no pity." She riffs on her ex, Stan, who made laziness a religion. The audience loves it. The film jumps back and forth between her performance and later that night as she stands alone in her unlit kitchen, gift baskets on the table. She smokes, she drinks whisky. The set ends, to great applause, and, at home, she finishes her nightly chores. What is the real source of her material?


Phoenix Film Festival -- Best Short (Won)
Savannah Film and Video Festival -- Best Short (Won)
Lake Arrowhead Film Festival -- Best Short (Won)
Valley Film Festival -- Audience Award Best Short (Won)
Sundance Film Festival -- Official Selection (Nominated)
AFI Fest -- Official Selection (Nominated)
Cinequest San Jose Film Festival -- Official Selection (Nominated)
Sedona International Film Festival -- Official Selection (Nominated)


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Stacie D Wyatt
3 months, 3 weeks ago

wow. amazing. loved the ending.

7 months, 1 week ago

A lot in 9 min - wise.

8 months, 1 week ago


1 year, 1 month ago

The surprise at the end is very meaningful. Didn't expect it all.

1 year, 6 months ago

This is a really sweet, beautiful film about love. Cheers for being optimistic. Top-notch performance from Rupp as well.