Below films are all part of The Coffee Shop, a “year-in-the-life” of Barista Jamie, Chase the Coffee-Shop-Creeper, and the crazy customers of The Cup. The Coffee Shop Shorts are produced by Mattioli Productions in association with DreamCatcher Entertainment.
COFFEE AND A BITE
by Kelly Feustel * Directed by Jana Mattioli
Vlad, Jonathan, and Lydia aren’t typical guests of The Cup. They have been living as “vampires,” even stalking their own victims. When Jonathan approaches a man Lydia is warming up to, Vlad is appalled not only that Jonathan would steal Lydia’s “food,” but that he would pursue another man!
Even though everyone in The Cup seems to avoid the “vampires,” waitress Andrea goes an extra mile out of her way to evade the table. Leaving only Jamie to serve them, he must endure fake foreign accents, corny jokes, and becomes the subject of a bet leading to mistaken identities of the most awkward kind!
When the “vampires” decide to analyze the characteristics of the “perfect” vampire, an argument quickly ensues between homophobic Vlad and bisexual-enthusiast Jonathan. While Lydia is caught in the middle, she struggles not only with her opinion of the issue but her view on sexuality in general. A story of friendship, prejudice, and self-discovery, Coffee and a Bite will leave you wanting seconds!
THE COFFEE KLASH
by: Bisanne Masoud & Talia Gonzalaz *
Directed by Jana Mattioli
Stephanie’s mother Gayle is anything but laid-back. Though she loves her daughter, she often expresses it the only way she knows how by completely micromanaging her life. Which is why this particular afternoon at the coffee shop might be tricky. After all, Stephanie has brought her mother here not only to tell her she’s a lesbian, but to introduce Gayle to her new girlfriend, Mary Ann.
Gayle’s reaction to her daughter’s news isn’t exactly a surprise, nor is it what her daughter expected. Enlisting the advice of the coffee shop staff, Gayle must come to terms with the afternoon’s events, and try to set aside her judgments…sort of.
by: Zach Rothman-Hicks * Directed by Jana Mattioli
There are people in this world who long to be someone great, someone important, someone of great moral value. However, Helen and Phillip are not those people. Helen, originally from Chicago, longs to be the trendy “Sex in the City” NYC girl, where she can have her party and dance at it too. Although she is looking for love, she is looking in all the wrong places. Phillip, a good looking sensitive party boy, is just the right amount of Carrie Bradshaw excitement she needs after a break-up with her loser ex-boyfriend. After dating for over a month, Helen’s affection for Phillip comes to a halt in a comedic explosion at a coffee house.
True, Phillip is a party boy, but he likes to party with the boys. The thing is, Phillip is bisexual but says his light switch is on women. Helen wants to be trendy but is uncomfortable. These two put a new stamp on “Be careful what you wish for, ya just might get it.” With the help of Jaime, a flamboyant waiter, who recognizes Phillip and a sassy cashier who loves to watch the drama unfold, BIdentity is a NY drama with just the right twist of gay lemon. BIdentity tells a story of coming out of the closet… sort of.
CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT
by: Elissa Goldstein * Directed by Jana Mattioli
The last time Helen entered The Cup Coffeehouse, she broke up with her bi-sexual boyfriend whose gay side was suddenly overshadowing his straight side as he flirted with Jamie, the flamboyant male waiter, right in front of her. She is now entering the Cup enticed by her own sexual curiosity. She has been dating Pike, the infamous dyky waitress, and has come to visit her at work. Jamie can’t help but warn Pike to not get too whipped by the “straight girl.”
The last time Gayle entered The Cup, she was informed that her daughter Stephanie was a lesbian. She was introduced to Stephanie’s girlfriend Mary Ann and her unconventional reaction to all of this abrupt new information was astonishing. Gayle was not upset by her daughter’s sexual orientation but rather very disappointed that Mary Ann was too boring and not nearly alternative enough to make her daughter’s choice trendy. Gayle is now introducing the rainbow flag-flying coffee shop to Harold, a wealthy gay real estate broker. Jamie is instantly and surprisingly attracted to this older sugar daddy.
Pike is freaked out when Mary Ann,with whom she has had a meaningless one night stand with, enters The Cup while Helen is there. Drama ensues as anger, jealousy, unexpected attraction and too much female as well as male estrogen explodes. What follows is a comedy of love-triangle errors made up of the most unusual combinations.
by: Robert Borneman * Directed by Jana Mattioli
When Alexa comes to visit a good friend from the past, she learns that she has been living under a rock! When seemingly obvious references float over her head, she bluntly admits her own ignorance when it comes to “BLT…G” community! Insisting sexuality is a way of life and not a sandwich, her friends gently educate her, but not before Alexa puts her foot in her ignorant mouth many more times throughout the conversation that was supposed to be a coming out!
by: Sean Connelly * Directed by Jana Mattioli
When problematic Clara quits as manager of The Cup, Owner Bea Reasonable is up for a day and a half of interviews searching for her replacement! Between interviewing candidates who range from ridiculous to merely unqualified, Bea teaches her most trusted worker, Jamie, how to be a Drag Queen. When it seems they are out of luck, the perfect applicant appears. But it’s not that easy – a previously scorned lover with unique relationship issues shows up just in time to put a pleasantly awkward spin in the middle of his interview!
YAY! MY PARENTS ARE GAY!
by: Blanche Baker * Directed by Jana Mattioli
LGBT Children’s book authors, Patricia Gertrude and Joyce Stein, have self-published a book called “Yay! My Parent Are Gay!”. Studies have shown that children of gay parents are just as likely as those of heterosexual parents to be well-adjusted but has anyone explored that they might actually thrive better? Harold a realtor has turned over states evidence that the owner of his firm is guilty of steering certain people to certain neighborhoods. There are rules about profiling who gets to buy the house next door but has anyone explored what happens to property values if the local realtor goes to jail? Gayle, a suburban housewife, is appalled that certain Communities of Faith preach against non-normative gender roles. Potato salad is often part of those community’s potluck dinners but has anyone explored the caloric content of what the Right Wing Christian Fundamentalists are dishing up? The staff and patrons of the Coffee shop are all involved in their own crazy lives but these wild perspectives cause them to stop and take notice. A humorous film about appreciating diversity and that in the end, love is the story that we want to share with our kids.