Please support Cotton Candy, a short independent film about a teenager who is obsessed with acceptance.
Tina Herbst is a thirteen-year-old who is trapped in a harsh household in a rural community where her mother Cat is more interested in dating than loving and caring for her and where her fifteen-year-old brother Tucker suffers from his crystal meth addiction. Because of the lack of love at home, Tina searches for acceptance at school. But her peers reject her after she awkwardly attempts to seduce one of her classmates. Obsessed with being appreciated, Tina turns to Tucker for reassurance. Upon Tucker's return home one evening vomiting from his high, Tina cleans him up and puts him to bed. She rests beside him. Off the screen, the siblings commit incest. When Tucker awakes in the morning, he overdoses on pills before Tina can stop him. Because she finally received the approval she wanted, she leaves home.
Several topics of the film are teen sex, incest, acceptance, obsession, teenage drug abuse, familial relationships, and the absence of parental care or guidance. Because the protagonist of the film is Tina, acceptance and obsession are the two primary social elements in Cotton Candy. Tina's motivation is her obsession with acceptance. She pines for approval from her parent and her peers. When she does not get what she wants, she is forced into procuring her desire by forcing herself on another teenage boy and on her brother Tucker.
The intended outcome of this project is to create a professional-looking film for professional film audiences. Therefore, the methods of research, fundraising, accruing personnel and equipment, and finishing the film will be those of any other professional short independent film. Although some of the key players of producing Cotton Candy currently study at the Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts Cinema Department, namely the producer and writer/director, Cotton Candy will be vastly different from every film from VCUarts Cinema for several reasons. First, Cotton Candy will be independently funded apart from the School of the Arts; hence, the filmmakers will have creative control over the content and creation of the film. Second, Cotton Candy will hire several key personnel who have years of experience working in the film business. For example, Cotton Candy will have an executive producer that is an experienced Production Manager, a sound mixer who previously worked in Los Angeles and recently moved to Richmond, a makeup artist with years of experience in special effects makeup, and an efficient and experienced editor.