Welcome to a new series here at Cinematical where we'll shine a spotlight on different films premiering at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in January.
We decided to do something a little bit differently for this post since Successful Alcoholics is a short film screening at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and not a feature film. But with all sorts of hype being thrown at the big feature films, we thought it might be nice to turn down a side street and take a closer look at one of the festival's more talked-about shorts. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by TJ Miller, the 25-minute short features one third of Comedy Central's "hot list" (which names the best breakout comedians of 2009), along with some other familiar faces like Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield, My Best Friend's Girl) and Tony Hale (Arrested Development).
Cinematical caught up with director Vogt-Roberts and dropped him a few questions about the film.
Cinematical: Give us the "dude on the street" description of your film
Jordan Vogt-Roberts: Successful Alcoholics is a dark comedy of substance. It's a 25 minute short, so it falls into the strange category of being a 'long-short,' or a 'medium.' It's about Drake (T.J. Miller) and Lindsay (Lizzy Caplan) as a couple that is young, successful, in love and constantly shitfaced. They are not 'functioning alcoholics,' they're 'successful alcoholics.' A business trip to Denver proves that alcoholism, success, and a healthy relationship may not be able to coexist.