“In the dark and scary depths of a subway, one young man finds fear has a new name: FIZZ.” Jemaine Clement (pre-Flight of the Conchords fame) is the young man who faces up to a sentient soda machine in this short from Jason Stutter. Made for $2000 and filmed over two wintry Wellington nights, Fizz screened at festivals including Locarno, New York, and Clermont-Ferrand. Stutter would successfully repeat the combo of dark wit and dangerous appliance in his Careful with that … series; Clement starred in Stutter’s debut feature Tongan Ninja (2002).
The human star of the movie, Jemaine Clement, definitely had his work cut out for him. Not only did he have to work in the cold with a vending machine, but he also had only one take to do everything in, given the budget restraints.– Jason Stutter, from the Fizz press kit
Tommy Ringo International