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.

Add this title to your Watchlist
Save movies and shows to keep track of what you want to watch.


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

More of What You Love

Find what you're looking for even quicker with the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review

User Reviews

18 December 2006 | MisterWhiplash
| the 6 P's...
Yeah, it's an amateurish student effort, but from what I got from the film- as presented on the Clerks DVD set- Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier pretty much acknowledge this in their intro. It's kind of amusing, actually, though not in the very funny, outrageous aspects that would come out in Smith's other works. It's a goofy, cover-your-ass effort where Smith and Mosier, without access to a night-club singing transvestite (I think she sang nightclubs anyway), decide to make a documentary about the failure to make a documentary on her. It doesn't quite reach the ranks of a mockumentary in the Christopher Guest style, though it basically is a mockery of 'in-depth exposes', practically in a TV-fashion. One of the funnier things is seeing, from the start, Mosier and Smith in complete silhouette, and the title card of 'Directors' also spelled with the phonetic spelling attached. The documentary then proceeds as the actual members of the crew spout off on the un-professionalism of the directors on the project (one of the funnier bits being that aforementioned '6 P's' quote).

Some of the exchanges of the two 'disgraced' filmmakers end up getting some raffish chuckles, and the tongue-in-cheek method of not showing them from chest up is not a bad idea. But it's so short that it doesn't really give off that much of their side's skills, except to show that they know how to edit in a mock-style and get some genuine reactions out of their crew. So it's worth the viewing if you've never seen it (actually, no one has been able to outside of perhaps the Vancouver film class Smith and Mosier were in- likely with the best premise of anyone) from the DVD, if nothing else as a curio. It's one of those trifles I wish could've been better, but it doesn't matter too much as it only shows so much anyway as to the great paths that were to come for the director/producer team.

Critic Reviews

How Ricky Whittle Brings Shadow Moon to Life

Ricky Whittle, the star at the center of "American Gods," credits amazing co-stars and killer special effects for his mind-bending performance.

Watch now

Featured on IMDb

Check out our guide to superheroes, horror movies, and more.

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on