Welcome to POOL BOY.
POOL BOY is a sexy comedy set in the backyards of the valley - selling drugs, sleeping around, stripping, and getting into porn are all part of it's universe, luring the audience into a transgender coming of age comedy.
POOL BOY is in the tradition of BOOGIE NIGHTS, MAGIC MIKE, SHAMPOO, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, THE GRADUATE, and others that have had success on both the artistic and financial side of sexy coming of age comedies.
The Story - Short Summary
Welcome to a timeless era of the legendary San Fernando Valley - hair styles from the 70s, landline's from the 90s, cyber bullying from today. The valley was supposed to be a fresh start for Lance and his younger bro Max, after Max transitioned from a girl to a boy, but it hasn't worked out. And their Mom's attempt to resolve things with a disturbed bully and her parents, only leads to a twist of events. Lance lands a job working for the bully's wealthy mother, where Lance’s pool boy services go far beyond the surface, and things get dirty where they should get cleaned. Lance has secretly dropped out of community college and is selling pills that belong to his lady friend's Dad.
At school, Max's life takes a turn for the worse, and Lance presses Max to join him in the backyards of the valley. He tells Max “your senior year doesn’t have to suck balls like it does now.” Under his wing, as a Pool Boy after school, Lance can show Max how to be a man. But Max resists, too concerned with his studies to join, until he's unjustly suspended from the computer lab for refusing to rat on the bully at school. Having lost his one safe haven, Max becomes an apprentice to his brother Lance, after all.
On the job, the two siblings become closer, and are forced to confront that they are on vastly different paths. Max sees Lance is selling drugs, in an open relationship with his girlfriend, sleeping with many of his clients including ‘the bully’ Trish’s mom, and even auditioning for porn! Max looks down on Lance’s life style and Trish’s mom's lifestyle too, who we come to find out is a porn producer. The single mother of Lance and Max holds the family together, until things come to a head and Max’s safety hinges on Lance’s last scheme. They're gonna throw a party at the bully Trish's house while she and her family are out of town. It'll be big enough to win over the school, and they'll make enough cash for the cool car. But Max and his new girlfriend Melanie might have other plans for the score? And by now, Max and Lance are seriously butting heads, so instead of success, it could lead to an epic party implosion.
Through Lance and Max’s push and pull to manhood, the characters in Pool Boy are forced to confront their slippery grasp on the American ideal of being anything you want - responsibilities, relationships, morals, forgiveness and plain old masculinity, are tough to balance. It's hard to be transgender, but it's even harder being a grown ass adult.
Executive Producer; Vinay Singh is a Partner at Archer Gray, a media production, financing, and venture capital company. He has overseen investments in films such as Michael Moore’s WHERE TO INVADE NEXT; and theater productions including The Elephant Man. Prior to Archer Gray, Vinay headed the consulting division of Cinetic Media, where he managed an international portfolio of clients and was actively involved in project finance and sales. Vinay has also produced movies that have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca. Vinay started his career at McKinsey & Company, after graduating from The University Of Pennsylvania.
Producer ; Mariko Munro’s first feature film American Milkshake premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT program and sold for to Kevin Smith Movie Club, a division of Phase 4 Films. Munro has produced content for the Guggenheim Museum, The Dirty Projectors, Sesame Street (for which she received an Emmy Nomination), and others. Prior to her work in film Munro was director of 303 Gallery, New York. Munro continues to work in fine arts as a consultant to galleries, artists, and collectors.
Casting Director; Anne Davison. With a decade of experience in casting, Davison has cast a number of hit movies and TV shows including ODD MOM OUT, CONCUSSION, and AMERICAN MILKSHAKE, on which she worked closely with Vinay, Mariko and David. At Kathleen Chopin Casting, she has been a casting associate on productions such as ALPHA HOUSE, THE MIST, and UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT.
Production Design; Naomi Munro most recently art directed the A24 release IT COMES AT NIGHT, and the Emmy winning show INSIDE AMY SCHUMER. As a Production Designer she has collaborated with David and Mariko on AMERICAN MILKSHAKE and FALSE TRUE LOVE. She is a member of United Scenic Artists 829 in production design and art direction, and before her career in entertainment she studied Architecture at MIT.
Editor; Kristan Sprague is indie spirit nominated for his work on the feature MANOS SUCIAS. He cut the comedies NEWLYWEEDS and MULIGNANS, both of which premiered at Sundance, and the later of which Andalman cameoed in. They've been friends since working together, and have been looking to team up since...
Writer Director; David Andalman’s first feature American Milkshake premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and sold for US distribution to Kevin Smith Movie Club, a division of Phase 4 Films. Smith called it “Welcome to the Dollhouse for fly guys” and “packed with laughs.” The New York Times review was titled, “Young Man Shows His True Colors.” Additionally, Starz Networks syndicated the movie for several years on television. Andalman’s short films have done well, garnering premieres at top festivals and fairs including Tribeca, the Whitney Biennial, and distribution on IFC.
Some core beliefs of Andalman as an artist include:
-giving microphones to the unheard
-the power of the personal as political
-elevating the vernacular (not chasing trends)
-ideas jump out at people, and don't belong to or come from people
-I'm not trying to 'say' anything, I'm simply inspired to write and direct
-it's not done until sharing it singes my skin with shame from it's brutal honesty
After my first movie was distributed I moved from New York to the San Fernando Valley to be what I dreamed of. I turned down opportunities and lived in a pool house to write. I thought sacrifices were necessary to accomplish goals. The shed I called home lacked basic western amenities - like an oven. While I was surrounded by tremendous wealth, my teen satire movie netted little for investors. I was broke, far from friends and family, and poured my heart and soul into a dark and twisted screenplay that needed 85 million. I was no longer grounded in reality or myself. I was living my mid thirties in imaginary worlds, borrowing scraps of money from my reluctant older brother, and subsiding on peanut butter and black beans. True hollywood story...
Hollywood is overrun with mediocre genre flicks, but occasionally one of them is incredible. Living there reminded me of a time in college I consistently revisited Aliens (not to be confused with Alien). The first time I saw it, as a child who snuck into the theater, I remember thinking Ripley reminds me of my mother. Looking back, the hero is a strong female leader in an action movie. She has no love interest and is not exploited for her sex appeal. Ripley fights more than Aliens, she fights corporate greed, and she fights the stereotype of what it means to be a woman. In LA I remembered my understanding and fascination with this picture, and the power of genre. The breadth of their appeal give them a unique ability to enroll others in possibilities. Inserting an underrepresented character into the heart of a great genre movie can literally change the world.
In retrospect I recognize how lucky I was to have that time in LA to write and discover without the consuming responsibility of making money. I also realize the responsibilities I have moving forward for myself and to the world we all share in. POOL BOY is drawn from these realizations. In the center of a classic coming of age sexy comedy, is a transgender kid. But it’s not a story about a transformation from female to male, it’s about coming of age from boy to man. It explores how two lower-middle class brothers define what it means to be masculine among the wealthy and debauched, how stereotypes miseducate them along the way, and how they fumble to come to terms with the basic fact that we’re all different.