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Mae Day: The Crumbling of a Documentary (1992)

After a student documentary project on a transsexual entertainer falls apart, the two director/producers have to come up with another documentary. This is what they came up with.
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Emelda Mae ...
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Himself - Director
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Himself - Director
Jon Stoddart ...
Himself - Documentary Instructor
Bryan Wert ...
Himself - Executive Producer
Kevin Shortt ...
Himself - Editor
Janice Stone ...
Herself - Camera
Octavian Debau ...
Himself - Lighting
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A series of interviews with the crew, various teachers, and the director/producers tell the story of a student documentary project. One that happened to fall through due to a lack of planning and preparedness. Written by Vince Yim

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Kevin Smith completed this documentary while studying at Vancouver Film School. He eventually withdrew from the program. See more »

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The ending credits contain two outtakes, with Jon Stoddart pausing over his lines and the boom mic (intentionally?) lowered into Kevin Smith's head during an interview. See more »

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Homework.
27 September 2004 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

This short documentary was made by the now successful producing/directing team of Scott Mosier and Kevin Smith while attending film school in Canada (soon after making Mae Day, Smith would leave film school and begin writing what was to become his first feature "Clerks").

The doc started as a genuine effort by Smith and Mosier to profile a local transsexual. However, he (or she) quit, and the filmmakers, making the best of the situation, chose to document their failed student film and explore "what went wrong." So Mae Day turns into a sort of 5 minute, Canadian version of "Lost in La Mancha."

The film is fairly dull, and Smith makes here an early attempt at the signature self deprecating humor that would become his trademark in forthwith films, but isn't quite genuine in this. However, I'm fairly certain that this was nothing more than homework for the two students and was never really meant to be seen by anyone other than their classmates and teachers. Mae Day is practice, furthermore Smith couldn't have been into it that much in the first place since he left school a week after making it. In fact, not liking Mae Day is probably a good thing because Kevin Smith made it in film school, which he has, on more than one occasion, denounced. We've all handed in reports to the history teacher that we wouldn't want posted on the school bulletin board for all to see. Besides, this is the first film Kevin Smith ever ever EVER made in his life, and by that respect its not quite as bad.


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