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An evocative LGBTQ+ themed drama, showcasing resistance and resilience in the face of Nazi oppression.
5/5

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In Alex Merkin’s short historical drama, written by Jennifer Lana Harper, the narrative delves into the harrowing Nazi cleansing of the LGBTQ+ community, focusing on the takeover of Berlin’s Eldorado nightclub in 1933. The story unfolds around the resilient protagonist, transgendered cabaret artist Drick, portrayed with captivating brilliance by Machete Bang Bang, who, upon learning of the impending Nazi occupation from Helene (Jennifer Lana Harper), defiantly chooses to stay rather than succumb to fear.

This adult-themed narrative not only showcases outstanding cabaret performances but also reimagines a historical event with powerful authenticity. Machete Bang Bang’s mesmerizing on-screen presence adds depth to the character, making the film a riveting experience. Harper’s multiple role as actor, producer, writer and cinematographer contributes to the film’s visual excellence, capturing the essence of the time with meticulous framing.

The production design and costumes are on point, enhancing the overall immersion into 1930s Berlin. The film’s opening, featuring black-and-white historical archive footage of LGBTQ+ culture, sets the stage for a compelling exploration of a often-overlooked aspect of history. Merkin’s short film is an outstanding and thought-provoking piece that sheds light on the LGBTQ+ community’s victimization under Hitler, making it both an artistically impressive and socially relevant cinematic work.

Brief Synopsis

On May 10th, 1933 in Berlin, Germany Nazi Youth destroyed the Institute of Sexology and the famed Transgender Cabaret, the El Dorado was raided and turned into Hilter’s Nazi Headquarters.

‘Hush’ tells the story of Drick, one of the first successful transgender performers in the cabaret, who was operated on by Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld and the chaos that ensued in the path of the Nazi soldiers.

Helene, a salon girl from the Nazi brothel, Salon Kitty, overhears the Nazi planning and escapes to warn the performers in the cabaret of the upheaval. When she arrives in the glorious cabaret she is looking for Magnus Hirschfeld only to find he is in Paris. She then confides in Drick and tells the performers that they need to get out of the cabaret as soon as possible.

Drick and the performers follow their hearts and stay. This is their home! Instead of hiding from fear of certain death, the troupe decides to perform their most dangerous show ever. This is surely suicide for them, but they chose to stand up for who they are and what they believe in; leaving their legacy behind in the ashes of evil and destruction

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Director(s): Alex Merkin
Writer(s): Jennifer Lana Harper
Cast: Amy Paffrath, Atlee Feingold, Gia Mora, Jennifer Lana Harper, Joanna Koss, Julia Kostenevich, Machete Bang Bang, Marianne Boug, Mercer Boffey, Monica Padilla, Sean Scott McCraken
Producer(s): Diane Haper, Jennifer Lana Harper, Julia Kostenevich
Director of Photography: Jennifer Lana Harper
Animation: Jennifer Lana Harper

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Runtime: 12 min

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Hush

An evocative LGBTQ+ themed drama, showcasing resistance and resilience in the face of Nazi oppression.
5/5

Review

In Alex Merkin’s short historical drama, written by Jennifer Lana Harper, the narrative delves into the harrowing Nazi cleansing of the LGBTQ+ community, focusing on the takeover of Berlin’s Eldorado nightclub in 1933. The story unfolds around the resilient protagonist, transgendered cabaret artist Drick, portrayed with captivating brilliance by Machete Bang Bang, who, upon learning of the impending Nazi occupation from Helene (Jennifer Lana Harper), defiantly chooses to stay rather than succumb to fear.

This adult-themed narrative not only showcases outstanding cabaret performances but also reimagines a historical event with powerful authenticity. Machete Bang Bang’s mesmerizing on-screen presence adds depth to the character, making the film a riveting experience. Harper’s multiple role as actor, producer, writer and cinematographer contributes to the film’s visual excellence, capturing the essence of the time with meticulous framing.

The production design and costumes are on point, enhancing the overall immersion into 1930s Berlin. The film’s opening, featuring black-and-white historical archive footage of LGBTQ+ culture, sets the stage for a compelling exploration of a often-overlooked aspect of history. Merkin’s short film is an outstanding and thought-provoking piece that sheds light on the LGBTQ+ community’s victimization under Hitler, making it both an artistically impressive and socially relevant cinematic work.

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Brief Synopsis

On May 10th, 1933 in Berlin, Germany Nazi Youth destroyed the Institute of Sexology and the famed Transgender Cabaret, the El Dorado was raided and turned into Hilter’s Nazi Headquarters.

‘Hush’ tells the story of Drick, one of the first successful transgender performers in the cabaret, who was operated on by Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld and the chaos that ensued in the path of the Nazi soldiers.

Helene, a salon girl from the Nazi brothel, Salon Kitty, overhears the Nazi planning and escapes to warn the performers in the cabaret of the upheaval. When she arrives in the glorious cabaret she is looking for Magnus Hirschfeld only to find he is in Paris. She then confides in Drick and tells the performers that they need to get out of the cabaret as soon as possible.

Drick and the performers follow their hearts and stay. This is their home! Instead of hiding from fear of certain death, the troupe decides to perform their most dangerous show ever. This is surely suicide for them, but they chose to stand up for who they are and what they believe in; leaving their legacy behind in the ashes of evil and destruction

Hush Short Film

Credits

Director(s): Alex Merkin
Writer(s): Jennifer Lana Harper
Cast: Amy Paffrath, Atlee Feingold, Gia Mora, Jennifer Lana Harper, Joanna Koss, Julia Kostenevich, Machete Bang Bang, Marianne Boug, Mercer Boffey, Monica Padilla, Sean Scott McCraken
Producer(s): Diane Haper, Jennifer Lana Harper, Julia Kostenevich
Director of Photography: Jennifer Lana Harper
Animation: Jennifer Lana Harper

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Runtime: 12 min
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