Irreverent, crass, subtle in its own seductively hair-brained way, Self Helpless is not your standard indie flick. Self Helpless is a feature length comedy targeted at 18-30 year old guys, specifically college students. Written, directed, produced by and starring an ensemble of four - Patrick Simone, Patrick Cassidy, Andrick Deppmeyer, and Adam Jaroszewski - this movie exists as a wholly collaborative effort.
Not for the faint of heart, the production of Self Helpless was a year long hustle that at times forced us to get rogue with it. Forging filming permits, sleeping in Mexico City's squalor, making back alley deals for kilograms of "explosive powder", maxing out credit cards, straining our friendships, permanently borrowing equipment and food and whatever else, guzzling coffee 'til we crapped our pants, lying to machine-gun-totting federales, inducing insomnia through marathon editing sessions, and perhaps most daringly, keeping hopeful and focused every single day, in the face of the formidable odds that we would fail. Only through sheer will has this movie come to be.
Shot on location in Vermont, Mexico City, and San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, Self Helpless features an array of distinctive locations and an eclectic cast of Mexican and American supporting actors. Like many low-budget indies, Self Helpless was filmed in digital high definition and financed with credit cards and full time jobs. But the similarities end there. Its star-studded sound track, international locales, and group-based creation and direction set Self Helpless apart.
Contributing a number of songs to the soundtrack, nationally known Hip hop artist Devin the Dude also makes his hilarious acting debut as The Drake's weed dealer. Devin has collaborated with heavyweights such as Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, and Lil' Wayne to name but a few. We are also proud to be featuring music from major label acts such as S.O.J.A., Spank Rock, Nortec Collective and Ska Cubano. All artists have contributed their music gratis in support of the movie.
Self Helpless is an indie comedy for regular movie fans, no tight jeans and American Apparel t-shirt required.