Published: 5/8/2019 10:49:54 PM
GREENFIELD — Y’allywood was calling for the Pasiecnik twins in 2013, and now the Deerfield natives are headed back to Franklin County to showcase their first short film in front of a hometown crowd Friday.
Comedy writers Jil and Joanna Pasiecnik moved to Atlanta, known as the South’s Hollywood due to its fairly recent growth as a film production hub, to break into the movie industry, and a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has resulted in “Unemployable,” a 22-minute film Joanna has described as “somewhat autobiographical.”
The sisters, who comprise J and J Productions, premiered the short at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta on Feb. 27 and are excited for what they’re calling a local premiere at the Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield, as most of the $6,000 they crowdfunded came from family, friends and anonymous people in western Massachusetts. Friday’s show begins at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7.
“We’re happy to be able to screen the movie, at home as well as in Atlanta,” Joanna Pasiecnik said. “I’m so excited. It means just as much, if not a little more than, Atlanta.”
She explained the film is “about the employment rate of baby boomers versus millennials.”
“Even though you can do everything right, not everything pans out in your plan,” she said.
Jil Pasiecnik elaborated by explaining the film chronicles “a millennial protagonist who is trying to do all the right things to land her dream job and it seems like the world is conspiring against her and all of her efforts to be successful.” She said the main character lives with her mother, and her male best friend is “over the top.”
“It’s about millennials not understanding why they’re not being understood,” she said.
Joanna said the script originated from when she was looking for a job and suffered through some really weird interviews she chose to share on social media. When she landed a job at a media company two years ago, she said, people told her they missed her entertaining statuses. She mentioned she terrified her co-workers by falling out of a chair and smacking her face on a desk on her first day.
“There’s no shortage of material when it comes to me,” she joked.
Jil Pasiecnik said the film’s cast is mostly black and mostly female.
“It was really great to think critically and creatively with a bunch of different women,” she said.
She said the screening will also be a reunion of sorts because she and her sister went to The Bement School with Benjamin Goldsher, co-manager at Hawks and Reed.
The twins got their start in Frontier Regional School’s production company during high school. They eventually interned at Northampton Community Television while studying at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jil studied English, and Joanna studied communications. Their father, Jim Pasiecnik, owns J.M. Pasiecnik Farms, and J.M. Pasiecnik Farm Stand & 5J Creamery, both in Whately.
To purchase tickets to Friday’s screening visit, bit.ly/2VTnL1I. For more information on J and J Productions, visit facebook.com/jandjproductionsatl.
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