Mae Day: The Crumbling of a Documentary (1992)

  |  Short, Comedy, Documentary


After a student documentary project on a transsexual entertainer falls apart, the two director/producers have to come up with another documentary. This is what they came up with.

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27 September 2004 | notdempsey
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| Homework.
This short documentary was made by the now successful producing/directing team of Scott Mosier and Kevin Smith while attending film school in Canada (soon after making Mae Day, Smith would leave film school and begin writing what was to become his first feature "Clerks").

The doc started as a genuine effort by Smith and Mosier to profile a local transsexual. However, he (or she) quit, and the filmmakers, making the best of the situation, chose to document their failed student film and explore "what went wrong." So Mae Day turns into a sort of 5 minute, Canadian version of "Lost in La Mancha."

The film is fairly dull, and Smith makes here an early attempt at the signature self deprecating humor that would become his trademark in forthwith films, but isn't quite genuine in this. However, I'm fairly certain that this was nothing more than homework for the two students and was never really meant to be seen by anyone other than their classmates and teachers. Mae Day is practice, furthermore Smith couldn't have been into it that much in the first place since he left school a week after making it. In fact, not liking Mae Day is probably a good thing because Kevin Smith made it in film school, which he has, on more than one occasion, denounced. We've all handed in reports to the history teacher that we wouldn't want posted on the school bulletin board for all to see. Besides, this is the first film Kevin Smith ever ever EVER made in his life, and by that respect its not quite as bad.

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