Tori Larsen (Throwing Cotton, Here We Are), Nicole Cardoni (Yonder, Contact), Scott Mandel (A Crime to Remember, Six Windows), and Jennifer Haufler (Vacant, My Ass is a Bathmat, The Meditation), in association with Wake Up, Maggie Productions, and Lacuna Productions, are proud to announce that their short film, The Good Death, starring Nicole Cardoni and Scott Mandel, has completed post-production and will shortly be ready for the film circuit.
The Good Death, the third short film from director Tori Larsen, is written by Nicole Cardoni, Scott Mandel, and Tori Larsen, based on Nicole and Scott’s 2015 play of the same name. This play was accepted into the Capital Fringe play festival and performed at the Mead Theatre Lab in Washington, D.C., where Nicole and Scott originated the roles of Mary and Chuck.
The Good Death was produced by Tori Larsen, Nicole Cardoni, and Scott Mandel and executive produced by Jennifer Haufler. The film was shot on location in Toronto, Canada.
In The Good Death, Mary Fox welcomes her baby brother Chuck back to their family home on Staten Island, but at this point in their lives, these squabbling siblings have nothing in common except their last name. With the house up for sale, Mary and Chuck are tasked with deciding what to do with the relics of their childhood and just how to box up their Broadway-veteran mother’s larger than life, ever-looming personality. Letting go of the past and dealing with the painful realities of the present are not easy for Mary, so it’s up to Chuck to decide whether he can step up to the challenge of being the rock this family never really had.
“This dark comedy explores two very different paths of grieving, paths riddled with blame, guilt, manipulative tactics of persuasion, and a lifetime of memories strewn across the stoop of Mary and Chuck’s childhood home. Confining ourselves to a single location – a porch – was both challenging and liberating. Choreographing the characters to move with deliberate intention and fluidity was of the utmost importance in order to create and maintain energy within the film. With Jeremy Benning as DP and such an experienced and talented crew across the board, I felt completely comfortable with this approach to filming,” observed Tori Larsen.
“We’re all going to be in Mary’s shoes one day – it’s not a question of if – it’s a matter of when and how we choose to deal with it. Sometimes holding on tight is the only way to let go,” said Nicole Cardoni.
“This film’s about going home and realizing you don’t get to decide where you come from,” added Scott Mandel.
Cinematography by Jeremy Benning (The Expanse, Killing Lincoln, The Long Road Home), production design by Jennifer Morden (Riot Girls, Juggernaut, The Portal), costume design by Courtney Mitchell (Giant Little Ones, The Handmaid’s Tale) and editing by Jonathan Eagan (Working Moms, Letterkenny, What Would Sal Do).
About Tori Larsen
Tori is an honors BFA graduate from York University’s Film Production Program. She currently works in Toronto as an Associate Producer on The Handmaid’s Tale. Select past production credits include 11.22.63 and Suits. As a writer, Tori has been recognized by the Nicholl Fellowship (semifinalist/top 50) and the Austin Film Festival (finalist). In 2017, the Academy sponsored her to attend the Writer’s Guild Festival and endorsed her Sundance Lab application. She has also received recognition and funding from the National Screen Institute (Drama Prize and Totally Television Program) and Bell Media’s BravoFACT. She has recently been accepted into the 2018 New York Stage and Film Company’s Filmmaker’s Workshop for her feature screenplay EVENTYR. She previously produced We Are Here (Patrick Adams) and wrote/directed Throwing Cotton. She is represented by Sukee Chew at Hopscotch Pictures.
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