To Love a Fascist
To Love a Fascist is a musical satire about an elf uprising that forces Mrs. Claus to bargain her privileges. We are incorporating Western showtunes and Islamic mythology in our hybridized telling of this tale, setting totalitarianism and industrial violence against a yuletide backdrop.
Inclusion StatementAlong with our interracial Claus couple, the film reclaims the subservient 'Arab Genie' back to their traditional context of a mischievous trickster. The power relationship between the elves and Clauses is above all concerned with the orientalist discourse of 'Us vs Them'.
About The Project
To Love a Fascist’s protagonist is Mrs. Claus, a first lady that has tasted life’s pleasures and benefited from a system that ravishly oppressive the elves. Unfortunately, her privilege affords a profound obliviousness that is only worsened by Santa’s aloofness. Something big is happening in the North Pole, and she’s been left out. Her genie will trick her out of her ignorance and she will be forced to choose between living a destructive lie or dying by the truth.
Why are we making this film?
To Love a Fascist aims on being digestible climate-conscious satire. As a film, comedy proves the most effective way to break biases in our audience. Ideologically, it is important for us to assess where the industrial revolution has brought us. With all its fruits, there remains the looming shadow of an unpromised future. Our societal myths may get the best of us.
The film showcases the bargaining that occurs when ones way of life is revealed to exist on a fault line. In the short term we are dependent on the industrial economy, yet it is in the long term that we find a system that is in fact dependent on us. If we are concerned with life on Earth and appalled by our destructive ways, we must actively challenge our inherited systems of belief. Our film explores Mrs. Claus’s tumultuous realization, and Santa’s charismatic efforts to bring her back into the fold.
We have a driven crew of Chapman University undergraduate students working on this project, all of whom understand the interplay of ecocide and authoritarianism.
We are not surprised by President Trump’s rescinding of the National Endowment of the Arts (a budget that accounted for 0.004 percent of federal spending); it falls into an authoritarian legacy of control. An effective democracy requires informed citizenry. This is rooted in an empathy whose seeds are planted by the humanities.
Where are your contributions going?
With your generosity, you will bring this film to life and allow us to contribute to an ongoing discourse of cinematic dissent.
the crew of To Love A Fascist
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About This Team
We have a driven crew of experienced Chapman University students working on this project, all of whom are invested in bringing this conscientious Christmas film to life
Our director, director of photography, and producer are all undergraduate students at Chapman's film school, while our composer is an undergraduate student at Chapman's music conservatory! The project's production designer graduated from Chapman last Spring.