Chemical Cut

Synopsis: A misfit turned L.A. model struggles to define herself in the soul-crushing fashion industry, until a mysterious woman's haunting performance strikes her imagination.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Marjorie Conrad
Production: Recreation Media
  1 nomination.
83 min

(soft electronic music)

- Hi, how are you?

Hi, how are you?

Welcome, welcome to Dog shop.

Hello, how are you?



- What?

- I still don't understand why ignorance

is being pummeled in the face

by that gnarly little angel.

- You think ignorance is good?

- I think it's a fact.

I think everyone's ignorant.

- This painting's about

triumphing over ignorance,

it's about being better than that.

The angel is just trying to wake her up.

The wake up call.

Unfortunately, it's

probably gonna take like,

a million f***ing years but, you know,

some people need that.

- I disagree with you,

I'm gonna stop shitting

on our childhood memory because--

- [Man] No but what do

you think you should do?

- I don't think this is productive,

I don't wanna talk about it.

- [Man] What do you think

ignorance should do?

You think she should stay

crying and miserable?

- Ignorance should just get out

of this painting I guess 'cause--

- Get out of this painting,

yeah that's helpful.

If she got a f***ing

trumpet and grew some wings,

she could f***ing go up there.

- I'm gonna go look over

the abstract art,

because we never visit

that side of the museum,

I'll meet you in 10 okay?

- You won't feel anything.

(dog barking in the distance)



- Jasmine.

(soft electronic music)


- The store looks like sh*t.

- I just need a change.

- A makeover's a good place to start,

have you thought about blonde?

- Blonde?

- Virgin?

- My hair?

Yeah, my hair is virgin.

- Okay, I can see it now.

Today you and I are going all the way

it's gonna be very exciting, platinum.

(soft electronic music)

(alarm beeping)


- Oh hey, excuse me

miss, I, are you a model?

Well you should be, because

you have a great look.


- Scouted?

- [Irene] Yeah I was

scouted, by a modeling agent.

- For what?

- [Irene] Modeling.

- That's so ridiculous, I hope

you know what you're doing.

I just don't want you to get exploited.

Especially if you don't look very good.

Well you look like someone

who could be exploited.

Keeping it real.

- [Irene] Why?

- What?

- [Irene] Why do I look like someone

who could get exploited?

- 'cause you went out and

got yourself a silly haircut.

- [Irene] Seriously?

- And you think that just

because someone gives you

their business card, you know,

you're the next Tyra Banks or something.

- At least I'll make more money.

(electronic music)

(soft electronic music)

- New hair?

- Yeah, do you like it?

- I liked it better brown.

Blonde washes you out.

Hot date?

- Wish me luck.

- Good luck.

- Hmm, hi there.

- Hi.

- Hi, I'm Jared.

- I'm Irene.

- You caught me right

in the middle of lunch,

mid danish here, so officially

I'm not even here right now.


But you're here, so we can do this.

How tall are you?

- 5'11.

- Really?

- Yeah.

- Okay, what are your measurements?

- 34, 24, 34.

- Hmm, Eyeballing you, I'd

probably add a few numbers

to every number you just

said to me, but that okay.

Hmm, how old are you?

- I'm 23, I just turned 23.

- Hmm, honey, no, if

we're gonna work together,

we're gonna need to

start from a foundation

of honesty, I'm having

a hard time believing

you're 23 years old.

- I'm really 23 years old.

- Okay, I'm gonna choose to believe you,

may I?

The hair.

Oh, so coarse.

It's like horse hair.

Like a little pony, little philly.

That's a joke you can laugh.

(laughing awkwardly)


Hum, alright why don't

you grab your stuff,

come back to my office,

we'll talk this over.

The New Faces division is

where we prepare all our girls

to become successful models,

and we take 20% for all

print and runway work.

A girl can't test enough,

so I'm gonna expect you

to test regularly.

And you'll be responsible

for covering that,

runs 350 to 550 per test.

- And what I actually get paid,

how does that work?

- You'll be paid within

90 days of working.

- Per job?

- Hey, look, the first year is all about

building a strong portfolio,

if you make money, fantastic,

but don't expect it.

Oh by the way, do you wanna work for us?


That was a joke as well.

It's important to look your age,

all this heavy makeup,

makes you look so old,

we're gonna need to monitor what goes

into your body, alright?

That means lots of water,

seven to eight hours of sleep

every night, limit your sugar

and salt intake, exercise.

- [Irene] I will take care of

all of that.

- Good, aren't you excited?

You look scared!

- I am, excited.

- You know, it's a good thing

we signed you in right there,

another year and we couldn't have,

I mean, you would've aged out.


- Hi mom.

- Hi, oh!

- Oh my god it's the same

color as mine almost.

Makes you look kinda wise.

What the hell are you celebrating?

- I signed with a modeling agency today.

- Really?

- Yeah.

- Well that's exciting.

- So you're not at the shop?

- No, I'm not working at the shop,

well I'm working part time,

I can only work on weekends now,

but I called Rachel

and she's fine with it.

- That's not good

though, that's freelance,

you're not gonna make enough

money to pay

your college loans, pay rent.

- Um, well I have savings.

Dad, I mean modeling is an investment,

it's like opening your own business.

- Don't get down on this, David

and I mean,

it's risky sure, but I

think it's a good idea

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Marjorie Conrad

Marjorie Conrad (born October 1, 1988) is a French-American filmmaker and model. She is known for placing fourth on America's Next Top Model (Cycle 11), and for her narrative feature film Chemical Cut (2016). more…

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