STUCK! is director Steve Balderson’s homage to film noir women-in-prison films. Faithfully re-producing the genre with a modern, tongue-in-cheek twist, expect all the hallmarks of a classic prison movie complete with a wrongly accused heroine, hard boiled dames, diabolical alliances, forbidden love, cat-fighting cuties, a sadistic warden, and corrupt prison guards.
STUCK! stars Karen Black, Susan Traylor, Jane Wiedlin, Mink Stole, Stacy Cunningham, Starina Johnson and Pleasant Gehman. It’s the story of Daisy, an innocent young woman framed for killing her mother. Condemned by the press and the public, Daisy is found guilty of murder and sentenced to die by hanging. This jazzy, finger-snapping, broads-behind-bars film is a throwback to another era, with terse Tennessee Williams-style verbal sparring, non-stop action and enough bad-girl jailhouse hi-jinks to make the audience lose the distinction between good and evil.
Jeff Dylan Graham, Lady Monster, September Carter, Virgil Adams, Jim Crisp, William J. Self, Tim Craig, J. Michael Stewart, Marco Filipponi, Giordano Filipponi, Tom Morris, Janet Rawlins Carter, Kimbrough Donner, Mary Wilder, Jake Adams, Kate Long, Mark Brooker, Evan Pinsonnault, Elaine Morgan Johnson, David Lintz, W Jeffery Lintz, Anthony Ennis, Kitty Steffens, Scott Cooley, John T Jones, Mark Brooker, Terrell Sandefur, and more!
(Producer / Director / Cinematographer / Editor)
Screen Play by Frankie Krainz
(with contributing writers Steve Balderson and Jon Niccum)
Tyrell Johnsrud (Production Sound / Right-Hand Man)
Michael Toscano (Script Supervisor / Props / Left-hand Man)
Curt Finch (Production Assistant)
Brandon Bennett (Production Assistant)
Brian Morrisson (Production Assistant)
Ryan Toms (Production Assistant)
Cindy Hill (Day Players Casting)
Tony Long, Sr. (Construction)
Elliott Dunwody (Co-Producer, Bright Blue Sky Prods)
Beth Dunwody (Co-Producer, Bright Blue Sky Prods)
Tony Long, Jr. (Co-Producer, Hospitality Coordinator)
Paul N.J. Ottosson (Co-Producer)
FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS
The American Cinematheque Egyptian Theatre // Hollywood
Outfest // Los Angeles @ REDCAT
Outfest // West Hollywood @ Laemmle's Sunset 5
Skeive Filmer // Oslo, Norway
Raindance Film Festival // London
Southwest Film Festival // Albuquerque
Seattle LGBT Film Festival
REELING // Chicago
Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society
Liberty Hall // Lawrence, KS
Macon Film Festival
Boston Underground Film Festival
Screenland Crown Center // Kansas City
TLVFest 2010 // TelAviv
VisionFest`10 @ Tribeca Cinemas
Nevada City Film Festival
AWARDS & HONORS
Best Original Score // Rob Kleiner // Visionfest
Lifetime Achievement Award // Mink Stole // Boston Underground FIlm Festival
Icon magazine's Top 10 Films of 2009
REVIEWS & PRESS
"Balderson just doesn’t make simple films, and this is no exception. It’s not in the words, or the plot or the story; but it’s in the air, it’s in the beat, it’s in the very soul of the work."
- Film Threat
”Revolutionary, voyeuristic, campy, sexy… more of a loving homage than biting satire."
- LA Weekly
”Had me on the edge of my seat… will stick with you long after you've watched it.”
- Deep Dish
”Gorgeous ...feels less like an homage and more like a newly discovered classic... better than most of the movies that inspired it..."
- Gonzoriffic Movie Reviews
”Steve Balderson is the best-kept secret in American independent cinema. He makes his own films - which are unfailingly brilliant - and the rest of the world very, very gradually catches up with him... Stuck! [is] an unexpectedly powerful, skilfully managed slice of women-in-prison drama that never teeters into camp..."
- MJ Simpson, UK
”If one insists upon calling it a 'women-in-prison film,' then it must be conceded that STUCK! is easily the only women-in-prison film that could justifiably be called a serious work of art."
- Dr. Joseph Suglia
”This film will reel you in with the promise of a rousing good time ... Balderson ratchets up the action, cranks out the snappy dialogue, and brings us back to another era of tough times and even tougher women."
- Rachel Popowcer, Southwest GLBT Film Festival
”I don’t think we’ve seen THAT in any ‘women in prison’ flicks… There's some great scenes here ...and surprises"
- Espen J. Jörgensen, Twittereview LIVE
”Steve Balderson's most ambitious film yet... a throwback to WiP films, cult classics, film noir and B-Rated cinema.”
- ICON magazine
”Fantastic and strong… Excellent performances. A must see.”
- Obscure Horror
”Mink Stole, Pleasant Gehman, Susan Traylor, and Jane Wiedlin bare their teeth, their nails, and more with superb talent. Perfectly cast...a modern tongue-in-cheek twist on a classic prison movie.”
- Seattle GLBT Film Festival
”Tatoverte Dutch legger sin elsk på Daisy, og etter hvert skal det vise seg at Daisy kanskje har flere sider fan.”
- Blikk Magazine
”Fresh and timeless... It is a breathtaking fusion of genres that, while unashamedly camp and tongue in cheek, never seems less than totally genuine ... a MUST for any B movie fan.”
- Raindance Magazine
”Stuck! delivers… a satisfying pastiche of the ‘girls behind bars’ sub-genre "
- Famous Monsters of Film Blog
”A loving homage to women's prison films."
- Windy City Times
”A wild film… STUCK! was everything audiences expected—and a bit more. An unquestionable success."
”Stuck! delivers far more than its sensational hype."
- JWR Articles
”The ultimate faithful cinematic homage and an oustanding throwback to yesteryear."
- Phoenix Movie Examiner
”It is a smart film which I highly recommend."
- Adventures in Nerdliness
Frankie Krainz: Screenwriter of Stuck! Present Magazine
Lesbosploitation: Caged Heat Curve magazine Pg 34, 35
Celebrating Mink The Boston Globe
Balderson takes women behind bars EDGE Boston
Rob Kleiner Interview Alan Mercer Blog
Stuck! Balderson! MaGa! Fashionado Blog
Steve Balderson Interview Alan Mercer Blog
American Cinematheque Cult Films for Feb IndieWire.com
Steve Balderson Interview FilmHustler.com
Pleasant Gehman feature Nafoura magazine (Jan `10 cover)
The indie extravaganza ‘Stuck!’ Kansas City Star
A.D.D. PODCAST with Steve Balderson Lawrence.com
Starina Johnson is STUCK! Quiver magazine
Starina Johnson Interview Obscure Horror
That Touch of Mink Windy City Times
Mink Stole: More Than Just a Pretty Bit of Fluff CampKC
Expanding the Niche Alibi.com
Over and under the rainbow Local IQ
Princess Farhana a Pleasant Surprise Juneau Empire
Women-In-Prison Return With Stuck! AKA WIlliam
Raindance Festival 2009 IndieLondon
Stuck! world premiere NEXT Model Men
Indie-focused event has heavy U.S. presence Hollywood Reporter
Steve Balderson interview KSDB 91.9 FM
Karen Black returns to Macon Macon Telegraph
Watch Out for Stuck! Liberty Press (Aug 2009)
Stacy Cunningham interview Obscure Horror
Pleasant Gehman interview Obscure Horror
Karen Black interview Macon Magazine (June/July 2009)
Pleasant Gehman (aka Princess Farhana) interview Mecda.org
Feature on Stuck! Next Model Men
Jeff Dylan Graham interview Fangoria
Mink Stole interview MetroMix
11 Questions for Steve Balderson The 11th Hour (vol 7, issue 4)
Cast, crew celebrate completion of filming in Macon Macon Telegraph
Seasoned Sexpots, Rock Sirens and Frugal Fashionistas LA Weekly
Indie film to be shot in Macon Macon Telegraph