2010 QUARTER-FINALIST "FRESH VOICES”
“This script is about a woman with bipolar disorder and brings a lot of much-needed attention to the underrepresented population of people with mood disorders. She is presented in a very real and honest way, she is not the caricature “crazy person” we so often see in films. I think this film promotes inclusion and understanding of people with conditions like these who are so often alienated in society.”
“Bipolar & Cheese” highlights the issues of how society treats people with severe mood disorders (and mental illness in general). “This writer does a great job of getting us to empathize with the character. I think this film could help to make a positive difference in the way that the mentally ill are perceived and treated.”
2015 QUARTER-FINALIST "SCREENCRAFT"
SHORT FILM SCRIPT
"Bipolar & Cheese is a fun and quirky offbeat comedy, tonally reminiscent of the humor found in 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The writer has a unique and original voice, a strong command of the screenplay format, and has a well-structured story with a very clear beginning, middle, and end. And the final reveal … was especially fun.”
“Perhaps most impressive was the fact that the author didn’t have to resort to “bathroom” humor in order to be funny. It’s nice to see someone who can generate laughs in a script through the use of situational, character-driven humor.”
The plot is simple: something that appears to be a corporate building and two colleagues. The girl falls for the guy but not in the usual way... needless to say, everything goes wild and once started, the crazy rush degenerates.
Based on the director Scarlet Perez's statement, this short was made to raise awareness about Bipolar Disorder and other mental illnesses and in our opinion this is the best way to make people interested in a subject like this one- through laughter.
The characters are nicely highlighted. Violet, the bipolar- cheese obsessed woman is drawn in such a way her disease looks more like a joke for the viewer, because it presents a typology of people we met in our lives.
What we really appreciated in this movie is that Scarlet Perez focused her attention not only on the story, but on the technicalities as well. The camera movement is great, the lightning and the score are neat leaving nothing to complain about in this field.
The exaggerations with the emails Violet is sending Brad and the love panel are all pushed over only to state a fact: that this disease is not funny after all. Also, the complex monologues and the bouts of madness are indeed... spectacular. Scarlet Perez managed to create a short that stands out in a sea of drama. 'Bipolar & Cheese' is the kind of short every festival needs to showcase in order to balance the general mood, and that is because it has everything one could ask for: it has comedy, dramatic moments, it is based on a true story, it has Xanax and Prozac... so what’s not to love? "
Review written by Vlad A.G