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In a garage somewhere in America, two regular guys named Joe and Ralph work on cars. They take a break at noon. They sit across from each other at a small table. They lay their hands palm down on the table in front of them. They look each other in the eye.
Joe tells Ralph what he thinks about the weather. Ralph slaps him.


Ralph tells Joe what he thinks about one thing or another. Joe slaps him.


The two debate 30 topics, everything from global warming to teen pregnancies, religion, health care, animal rights, sports dynasties, homophobia, and homelessness -- a total of 147 slaps in 7 minutes.

Finally, the two men stop talking and slapping each other – memories of Monty Python and The Three Stooges. It’s Fight Club in a garage.

They stand. Joe comments on the weather.

They return to their work. The music plays and it will all begin again at their next noon-time break.

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Right after 9/11, Americans bonded together and became one nation. We proudly clipped American flags to our car windows and sang the “The Star-Spangled Banner.” This unity did not last long. We quickly settled back into our red-versus-blue state rhetoric with decreased tolerance for differing viewpoints. Today, we’re busy defending our positions and not listening to others – unable to benefit from the diversity of experiences that make our nation great. Anyone watching Slap is apt to hear something they’ve heard elsewhere – from a parent, a work colleague, a lover, or even themselves. Hopefully, with Slap, we can laugh at ourselves and learn to respect and listen to others even if we disagree. Who knows what might happen next if we just listen.

– Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough, Writer/Producer of Slap
american political satire slapstick




Copyright © 2009 Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough, President/Writer and Producer of Slap, KH Consulting Group

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Previous screenings

23 Jun – 29 Jun | Palm Springs, United States
24 Jul – 30 Jul | Hollywood, United States
Film Fest Petaluma | 2009
22 Aug | Petaluma, United States
18 Sep – 20 Sep | Big Bear Lake, United States
8 Oct – 15 Oct | New Orleans, United States
Lady Filmmakers Film Festival | 2009
17 Oct – 18 Oct | Beverly Hills, United States
5 Nov – 8 Nov | Charlottesville, United States
12 Nov – 22 Nov | Denver, United States
5 Feb – 7 Feb | Taos, United States
21 Feb – 28 Feb | Sedona, United States
22 Mar – 28 Mar | Delray Beach, United States
8 Apr – 15 Apr | Phoenix, United States
9 Apr – 18 Apr | Houston, United States
15 Apr – 25 Apr | Winston-Salem, United States
23 Apr – 30 Apr | Newport Beach, United States
Los Angeles
29 Apr – 6 May | Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tulsa, Chicaco, New York, London, United States
San Francisco
11 Jun – 17 Jun | Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tulsa, Chicaco, New York, London, United States
29 Jul – 1 Aug | Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tulsa, Chicaco, New York, London, United States
4 Sep – 6 Sep | Seattle, United States

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PG-13 (United States)

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