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Director’s Statement

I wrote I am a Fat Cat as an attempt to explain my feelings about a changing city. The story is somewhat autobiographical and so is the sentiment. Fat Cats was, originally a pool hall that had adopted live Jazz in the wake of a beloved village club called Smalls closing.  The club has been around as long as I can remember housing the most varied of regular personalities.

This place, and all the different people I met there, represented, to me, proof that no city can die… just change. A city stays alive in the mismatched communications of it’s inhabitants, thrown together by proximity but not commonality.

The script was constructed from notes on bar napkins, chance conversations remembered, and jazz induced musings. I finally decided to write it all down in a feature film. Having only the means for a short, the script was adapted and executed with the help of my dearest friends.

Having met Evan Meszaros and Nick Esposito as a teenager, they knew my constant obsession with city history and it’s inherent profundity. After directing Up at Lou’s Fish, a documentary about the changing face of New York’s waterfront I felt I had more to say about New York City as a whole.  As grown-ups my friends and I have all eagerly filled various positions on a film set, thus making the execution of filmmaking more enjoyable as we all honed our skills.

Support for I am a Fat Cat came from everywhere. Fat Cats gave me the opportunity to use the club when it was closed (causing our shooting hours to be from 4am until 1pm).  Vendors I have worked with as a Production Designer lent me cars and prop guns, and a kind group of fishermen lent me their boat on Pier 1 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. I was and am overwhelmed by the willingness of strangers and friends to have seen this film through. The talent of the cast made I am a Fat Cat truly come to life. Their acceptance and eagerness for the story encouraged me more than I can say. I am sure, now more than ever that this city cannot die as long as all those people, working through out the city can look at it honestly, and with out sweeping ambiguous generalization.

Alex Brook Lynn


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