Sympathy Pains

The Story

When Danny and Stephanie find out they’re pregnant (surprise!), Danny can’t stop his own morning sickness. Based on a slightly true story that occurred to writer/director Joe Dull, the film asks the question – can Danny be a good father and still follow his dreams?

Every mention of the baby sends Danny running for a bathroom, except when he’s on stage. Even though he’s the worst comedian in the room, no matter the room, Danny lives to be on the stage.

Stephanie doesn’t put up with much, but she puts up with Danny. She actually thinks he’s funny, despite all evidence to the contrary. They were the perfect couple, before his “condition.”

Danny’s symptoms only get worse until the impossible occurs: he starts getting laughs. Danny’s career takes off just as Stephanie needs him the most. That can’t go well.

Fighting a battle between his family and his dream job, Danny chooses both and succeeds at neither. Is it possible for a good standup comic to also be a good dad?

Produced by the Feature Filmmaking Class at the University of Central Arkansas.

 

The Cast

DANNY: Chris Fritzges

STEPHANIE:  Courtney Bennett

JIM:  Kenn Woodard

TAMMY:  Dahren White

DR. SOROS:  Len Schlientz

JAN:  FE Mosby

HUNTER:  Michael “Doc” Davis

ANDREW:   Jim Harris

 

The Crew

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY:  Joe Dull

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:  Kat Dull

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY:  Mike Gunter

VISUAL EFFECTS DESIGNER:  Scott Meador

COSTUME DESIGNER:  Shauna Meador

ORIGINAL MUSIC BY:  Paul Dickinson

CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:  Robert Hall, Joann Dull, David Grimes

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS:  Dr. Rollin Potter, John Gale, Mark Herbst

PRODUCER:  Codi Hamric-Bogard

EDITOR:  Brandon Bogard

SOUND DESIGNER:  Jason Miller

1stASST DIRECTOR:  Jarrod Beck

SCRIPT SUPERVISOR:  Paige Murphy

GAFFER:  Trenton Mynatt

CAMERA OPERATOR:  Hunter Moore

1st ASST CAMERA:  Katrina Vasicek

SET DESIGN:  Kim Risi

SET DRESSER:  Dana Lee

COLORIST:  Lyle Arnett