Slap
Written and Produced by Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough

Slap

In a garage somewhere in America, two regular guys take a break to discuss world events  and it quickly becomes apparent that they will never see eye to eye. 

The Cast‹

Clancy Brown

Mel Rodriguez

Clancy Brown is a versatile performer in theater; feature films (Bad Boys, The Bride, Highlander as Kurgan, Extreme Prejudice, Shoot to Kill, Starship Troopers,  Flubber, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Shawshank Redemption, where he played a brutal prison guard); TV series (Sleepy Hollow, Carnival); animation (Mortal Kombat: The Animated Series, Street Sharks, Gargoyles, Sponge Bob Square Pants, and Superman); and video games (Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, Lands of Lore III, Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, and Crash Nitro Kart).  He graduated from Northwestern.
Mel Rodriguez has played distinguished roles on TV as a regular on Better Call Saul, Last Man on Earth, Get It On, Englisted, and Community College, and supporting roles on Big Love, Law & Order, Third Watch, Malcolm in the Middle, Gilmore Girls, NYPD Blue, CSI: NY, Ghost Whisperer, George Lopez, and Without a Trace.  He also appears in roles in such films as Showtime, Panic Room, Deuces Wild, Garfield, Little Miss Sunshine, the TV movie Fidel, Lakeview Terrace, and Close Quarters.  

Core Team

Grant Barbeito
Director

Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough 
Writer/ Producer

Has 14 years experience in TV/ film production with MTV, BRAVO, A&E, ABC, Habitat for Humanity, and Michael Moore among others.  As Director, DP, and Editor, he has worked on features, TV, infomercials, and commercials. His 3 short films have been accepted at 50+ film festivals including:  Sundance. He founded Earth Protect (www.earthprotect.com), featuring environmental videos and films.

Grant and Christo collaborated on the documentary, Touch the Wall, about the Olympian swimmer, Missy Franklin. Grant and Calle are co-founders of Plant It Film Productions.
Has written and produced three short films that have screened at more than 50 film festivals. She has written several award-winning feature screenplays, 3 of which are optioned.  She is President of KH Consulting Group and a member of Women in Film, NUEA, and FIND. 

Has a B.S. from Northwestern, a masters from Tufts, and a masters and Ph.D. from the U of Virginia. She earned a feature screenwriting certificate from UCLA.
For more info, go to "About Gayla" on this website.
Christo Brock
Editor

Calle Børresen (fnf)
Cinematographer

Has an extensive background as a writer, director, producer, and editor, including the Touch the Wall documentary. He was the Writer/Director of Living Liberal in Kansas, Revelation 666, In the Hole (short), The Proposal, Into the Fire: Trio, Greenbriar, Bellagio, Carnegie Deli, and House of Blues; Producer of The Long Way Home (Academy Award-winning feature documentary), Blunt, and Boobs: An American Obsession; and Editor for Carbon Nation, Spirit of the Marathon, Memphis Bound and Gagged, Red Ribbon (short), and Slap (short). 

Has an A.B. from Dartmouth and an M.A. in film production from USC.  

Has 15 years of experience as a cinematographer in Norway and the U.S. He has shot 40+ short films, documentaries, high-end commercials, and music videos. His work has screened at 50+ film festivals including Venice International, Sundance, New York International, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. He recently finished principal photography on a feature, The Ten Lives of Titanic (www.titanicstiliv.no), which was selected for the Berlin and Chicago Film Festivals and won the Malmo Film Festival.

Is a member of the Norwegian Society of Cinematographers and co-founder of Plant It Film Productions. 

Earned a degree in cinematography from London International Film School and B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC.


Cast and Crew
 

  Director / Grant Barbeito
Writer and Producer / Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough
Starring Clancy Brown and Mel Rodriguez
Director of Photography / Calle Børresen (fnf)
Editor / Christo Brock
Composer / Nathan Lanier
Line Producer and Assistant Director / Max Duncan
Art Director / Alicia Ziff
Sound / Dan Peterson
Sound Assistant / Jenny "œBlue" Heimbach
Key Grip/Best Boy / Ivan Rodriguez
Grip and Electric Assistant / Billy Roberts, Josh Hicks & Fred Raimondi
Camera Assistant and Feed / Kyle Kimbriel
2nd Camera Assistant / Richard Amador
Makeup / Christina Buzas
Production Assistant / Jay Zaretsky
Graphic Designer / Lorri Shundich
Script Consultant / Jeffrey Hartsough
Visual Effects / Demiurge
Visual Effects Producer / Raena Singh
Inferno Artist / Wolfgang Maschin
Inferno Assistant / Joseph Madej
Editorial Services / Brocklamation, Inc.
Post-production Sound Services / BlackRock Audio, Inc.
Re-Recording Mixer / Tom Marks, C.A.S. , M.P.S.E.
Supervising Sound Editor / Tom Marks, C.A.S. , M.P.S.E.
Sound Designer / Ryan McBride
Sound Effects Editor / Kunal Rajan
Red Camera/Lenses / Dan Blanchett
Lenses / Birnes & Sawyer
Dolly / Chapman-Leonard
Grip/Electric Truck / Palindrome Films
SLAP Web Master / Joey Harvey
Vocal Contractor / Jasper Randall
Music Payroll / Sabron, Inc. / Gary Wasserman
Music Adviser / Bill Cordner
Show Car / Dave Frey
Insurance Services / Siu & Sakai Productions
Production Company / KH Consulting Group, KHaos Entertainment Division
Business Services, KH Consulting Group / Yvonne Nguyen

Slap's Music
by Nathan Lanier


"Imagine a World..."
Performed by Karen Whipple
Original Music and Words by Nathan Lanier, ASCAP


"You Think It's Odd?"
Performed by Karen Whipple and Joey Harvey
Original Music and Words by Nathan Lanier, ASCAP
  
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Born in Dallas Texas in 1978, Mr. Lanier began studying violin at the age of four and has been performing and composing ever since. Lanier holds an M.A. in Composition and Film Scoring from NYU and a B.M. in Violin Performance from Mannes College of Music.

Lanier has written music for 18 feature films, television (HBO, FOX, CBS, NBC, and LifeTime), and theatrical productions (The Guys, with Sigourney Weaver & Bill Murray). Lanier wrote original music for Jon M. Chu's groundbreaking online series, The LXD (The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) and directed a performance of the group at the 2010 TED Conference. Lanier's unique cinematic dance music has been featured on such shows as So You Think You Can Dance, Live To Dance, Conan, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and opened the Glee and So You Think You Can Dance live tours in 2010.

In addition to composing, conducting, and orchestrating, Lanier has performed on the Tonight Show with Josh Groban, and with artists such as Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes, John Williams, Julie Andrews, Take 6, Michael Buble, and Smokey Robinson.
Solving the world's problems, one SLAP at a time and in just 7 minutes!
GLOBAL WARMING
IMMIGRATION
RACISM
HOMELESSNESS
AGEISM
HOMOPHOBIA
RELIGION
POLITICS
NATURAL DISASTERS
SPORTS DYNASTIES
PHARMACEUTICALS
COSMETIC SURGERY
HEALTH CARE
ENVIRONMENT
TEEN SEX
POPULATION CONTROL
ANIMAL RIGHTS
ENCROACHMENT
GANG WARFARE
PROSTITUTION
SEXISM
MIDDLE EAST
Sorry.  The solution to World Peace didn'™t make the cut.
Slap Trailer

The entire short available on Apple iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/slap/id990222801   


More trailers at:
www.SlapTheMovie.com

Screenings
One-Day Shoot
Film Festival Screenings (Juried) 
2009
  • Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market, “What are Friends 4?,” one of 300 screened out 2,700 submissions, June 2009
  • Los Angeles Shorts Fest, one of 200 screened out of more than 2,500 submissions, July 2009
  • Big Bear Lake International Film Festival & Screenplay Competition, September 2009
  • New Orleans International Film Festival, October 2009
  • Lady Filmmakers Film Festival, “Lady's Kick Butt” program (Santa Monica CA), October 2009 – Audience Award and Festival Director’s Award
  • Virginia Film Festival, November 2009
  • Starz Denver Film Festival, "It Takes Two to Tangle" (2 screenings), November 2009
2010
  • Taos Shortz Fest, February 2010
  • Sedona International Film Festival and Workshop (2 screenings), February 2010
  • Delray Beach Film Festival Workshop, March 2010
  • Phoenix Film Festival (AZ), April 2010
  • Newport Beach Film Festival (CA), “Expect the Unexpected,” April 2010
  • WorldFest-Houston, one of 100 screened out of 2,000 submissions, April 2010 – Gold Remy award for “Experimental Films & Video – Dramatic”
  • RiverRun International Film Festival (NC), April 2010
  • United Film Festival – Los Angeles, May 2010
  • United Film Festival – San Francisco, screened with feature “Housequake”, June 2010
  • United Film Festival – Tulsa, screened with feature “Race Car”, August 2010
  • United Film Festival – Chicago, screened with feature “Pontiac’s Rebellion”, September 2010
  • United Film Festival – New York, screened with feature “The Minutemen”, October 2010
  • Topanga Film Festival (CA) – August 2010
  • Albuquerque Film Festival – August 2010 (4 screenings)
  • Seattle's Music and Arts Festival, 1 Reel Film Festival (part of Bumbershoot), September 2010
  • Chesapeake Film Festival, September 2010
  • Port Townsend (WA) Film Festival, September 2010
  • Film in Syracuse (formerly Syracuse International Film Festival), October 2010
  • New Hampshire Film Festival, October 2010 (2 screenings)
  • Marabella International Film Festival, Spain, October 2010 – Accepted but decided not to screen at the festival because of associated costs
2011
  • Lewiston Auburn Film Festival (LAFF) (Maine) – April 2011
  • Global Social Change Film Festival – Los Angeles pre-event, “The Power of Story, Film & Media in Social Change: A Benefit to Support Global Social Change Film Festival”, LA Center Studios, March 2011
  • Global Social Change Film Festival – New Orleans pre-event, “Climate Refugees: Free New Orleans Screening & Filmmaker Q&A,“ Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, March 2011
  • Global Social Change Film Festival, screened with feature “Climate Refuges” – Bali, Indonesia, April 2011
  • WILDSound, National Film Board Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 2011
  • Tribeca’s America: Now and Here –Kansas City, May 2011
  • KTAO Solar Center – Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 2011
  • Broad Humor Film Festival – Venice, CA, September-October 2011
  • Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, part of Taos Shortz’s favorite shorts – Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 2011
2012
  • Post Alley Film Festival – Seattle, WA, Accepted for Screening, February 2012
  • San Francisco Green Film Festival – San Francisco, March 2012  
2013
  • Tribeca Film Festival’s Curated Short Films, November 2013
  • Unofficial Google Film Festival, Block 5, December 2013: http://www.ugpff.com/film5/    
2014
  • Conclave, Shoreditch, East London, Great Britain, January 2014
2016
  • Broad Humor Film Festival, Best of the Fest, Bremerton, WA, April 2016
  1. Title 1
  2. Title 2
  3. Title 4
  4. Title 5
  5. Title 6
  6. Title 7
Tribeca's Museum Tour   
  • Tribeca’s premier, “American: Now and Here”, New Museum (Bowery), New York City, NY, April 2010
  • Tribeca’s traveling museum, “American: Now and Here” – had attendance of 300,000 while conducting city tours in 2011:
    • Kansas City
    • Chicago
    • St. Louis
    • New York stopping at art centers, museums, schools, and parks
    • Aspen Art Museum (Colorado)
More information on Tribeca’s "America: Now and Here" at:  http://americanowandhere.org/

Journal of Short Film 
Selected for The Journal of Short Film, Volume 34, The Ohio State University, Film Studies Program, 2015. The Journal is a quarterly DVD publication of peer-reviewed short films of all genres. It is modeled after the literary journal model, complete with an editorial board made up of filmmakers.
  
Other Screenings    
  • Petaluma Film Festival, August 2009 – invitation only
  • University of Virginia Entertainment in Los Angeles, October 2009
  • Hammer Museum, “Open Projector Night,” MCs Jason and Randy Sklar, February 2010 – 1st Place Winner/Audience Award
  • Skokie (IL) Public Library
  • Film Independent (FIND), Cine Lounge, February 2010 – invitation only
  • Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance (NUEA-West), May 2010
  • Laemmle Theatres, Santa Monica 4 Plex, screened with feature “American Auto”, June 2010
  • Women in Film, May 2011
  • “Best of Taos Shortz," a select group of 20 short films from the Taos Shortz Fest festival years, July 2010 (screenings in Taos, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces)
  • Best of Fest at “Best of SYRFILMFEST'10!” at Film in Syracuse (formerly Syracuse International Film Festival), Special Event at the Auburn Public Theatre, screened with the feature “Protektor”, a SyrFilmFest winner, and “Baby Blues”, November 2010
      
  
I saw families almost torn apart over political talks around the dinner table.  In my family alone I am witness to such gossip, false truth, and anger that I was inspired to make Slap. I wanted to reveal that tragic comedy in a short film that was both beautiful and violent to celebrate our differences and the need to advance our dialogue. 
When Grant Barbeito talked to me about making another short film with him with two men slapping each other silly, I thought it was funny, but lacked social relevance.   

I then ran into a conservative woman who was irate about our society and wanted to slap somebody. I met a young liberal guy who said that he was fed up and wanted to slap someone around. And from this, the genesis of Slap was born.

In Slap, two regular guys discuss current issues every day on their lunch break. Their arguments become progressively outrageous as they debate global warming, animal rights, gay rights, urban myths, over population, government bureaucracy, religion, and even baseball. When they disagree, they slap each other.

We get quickly caught up in our red-versus-blue state rhetoric with decreased tolerance for differing viewpoints. Today, we are too busy defending our positions and not listening to others and, thus, “not benefitting from the diversity of experiences that make our nation great. Anyone watching Slap is apt to hear something they have 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. 
Director's Statement
Writer's Inspiration
Grant Barbeito, Director
Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough, Writer/Producer

Media Coverage

Press and Radio and Podcast Interviews

A short conversation about the state of things...

Interview with Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough (Writer/Producer) and Rick Dirk on WSCA 106.1 FM Portsmouth Community Radio regarding Slap at the New Hampshire Film Festival, October 16, 2010:  http://www.wscafm.org

“FF Filmmaker’s Five with Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough” by Kelly Strodl, Newport Beach Film Festival: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED – SLAP, Kellyfornia Media , April 2010:
http://www.kellyforniamedia.com/index.php/2010/04/nbff-filmmakers-five-with-gayla-kraetsch-hartsough/April 2010

Young Hollywood, “The Scene: Global Social Change Film Festival Aims To Educate As Well As Entertain,” by Katie Marzullo, Staff Editor, March 15, 2011: 
http://www.younghollywood.com/scene/global-social-change-film-festival-aims-to-educate-as-well-as-entertain.html

Interview with Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough (Writer/Producer) and Matthew Toffolo, WILDSound Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 22, 2011:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLeFZZOrpNY

Jakarta Post, Bali: “Social change Film Festival to end on Sunday “, by Trisha Sertori, April 16, 2011:
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/04/16/social-change-film-festival-end-sunday.html

“Hitting the Big Time – Graduate alumni battle their way to film stardom” by Robert Bochnak on Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough, Tufts Alma Matters: Point of Views, Capturing Life as we Know it, Magazine for Graduate Alumni of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, Tufts University, Winter 2011, Vol. 6, No. 2, page 3.

Grant Barbeito and Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough were part of the after screening “Hang out” conversations with the other filmmakers in Block 5 that screened at the Unofficial Google Film Festival.  The conversations can be watched at:
Two men talking and slapping each other – memories of Monty Python and The Three Stooges. It'™s Fight Club in a garage. 
International Appeal
Spain. Screened in Madrid, Spain. Available in Spanish subtitles.

Indonesia. Screened in Bali, Indonesia, at the Global Social Change Film Festival & Conference.

Canada. In addition to screening Slap, they did a 45-minute podcast with the screenwriter/producer, Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough.

England. Yes, even the English screened Slap.
 
French trivia. Title and Logline in French: Gifle: Dans un garage quelque part en Amérique, deux gars régulier prennent une pause afin de résoudre les problèmes du monde, une gifle à un moment et en 7 minutes. 

German trivia. German has many words for the English word slap. We chose: Ohrfeige
  
www.Slapthemovie.com
Check out the Slap web for more info!
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Slap Trivia
At last count, there were 147 slaps in less than 7 minutes.

The actors never slapped each other, except once, when Clancy caught Mel off guard. Can you tell which slap that was?
More links to Slap:
The entire short available on Apple iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/slap/id990222801   

Website: www.slapthemovie.com with more trailers

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1408316 with two trailers

Short Film Central: http://www.shortfilmcentral.com/film/2501/ with trailer

Facebook Fan Page:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=167622305097&ref=ts 
  

Testimonials

“Slap is a simple yet highly formal film about verbal sparring gone awry.  Gorgeously photographed and exceptionally well cast, the film ultimately reads as a powerful allegory about the world we live in and American politics today. ”  – Petaluma Film Alliance
 
Patricia DiSalvo Viayra, founder of the Lady Filmmakers Film Festival of Santa Monica, “… lists “Slap,” an American film about two men having a tense political debate as one of her favorites…. ”  – Celina Carroll, “Lady Filmmakers Film Festival showcases the women of film,” UCLA Daily Bruin
 
“Thanks for keeping me in the loop with all the great news about SLAP.  It's a good little film and will never suffer irrelevance…  I hope SLAP takes every festival by storm.  You deserve all good things. ”  – Clancy Brown
 
“Terrific commentary on the current level of cacophony that passes for informed public opinion in America these days.  A very impressive short. ”  – Garner Simmons, Screenwriter
 
"’Slap’" is an excellent film that is an entertaining yet meaningful way to introduce the topic of "Conflict" to screenwriting students.  –  Alexis Krasilovsky, Director, "Shooting Women", and Professor, Department of Cinema and Television Arts, California State University, Northridge
 
"SLAP has creative dialogue, intensity, originality, and, most important, it stays with you.  WOW!" -- Dr. Tess Warshaw, Founder, Big Thinking Women (BTW)
 
“Slap is a gem!  Absolutely perfect!  It will win many awards and become one of the classics of short film!!  The rhythms are so perfect that, if for your own amusement, you were to translate it into pure percussion, it would still be greatly satisfying!  The Director Grant Barbeito, Writer/Producer Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough, and Editor Christo Brock are incredibly good.  I’m looking forward to the third film!  Hooray!”  – Helen Slayton-Hughes, Actress
 
“Slap was super.  What a thrill to experience the film along with the audience last night.  Congratulations!  As I watched TV news this morning and listened to talk radio in the car, I mentally heard a loud slap punctuating many sentences.  Your film awakened a new sensibility regarding the essence of "fair and balanced" political discourse today.  I especially liked that neither of the characters represented a given political POV – kept the focus on the tone and impact of their pronouncements. ”  – Jane Garzilli, Adjunct Professor, Pepperdine University School of Law, and Mediator, Santa Monica, CA
 
“Film is a medium which allows us to act out our dreams in a safe way, like the cave paintings allowed hunters to unexpectedly confront the beasts that could kill them in the wild. Slap gives expression to the desire to just slap someone who has a different point of view, which is especially prevalent in this polarized time. Slap is set in a mechanic's shop and the structure of a face to face contest as a vehicle to articulate opposing political viewpoints on a wide range of subjects - immigration, gay marriage, Iraq, the weather. It was funny, biting and very satisfying. ”  – Laurie Marshall, Artist and Educator

The Audience Choice Award went to “Slap” a short film directed by Grant Barbeito and produced by Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough, about two ordinary guys who get into a heated debate on a range of topics. . . hmm… ladies first?” regarding Lady Filmmakers Film Festival  – Amy Lyons, Mirror Contributing Writer, “Female Filmmakers Flaunt Flicks At Aero,” Santa Monica Mirror
 
“I just read today in an article in the Santa Monica Mirror that Slap won the Audience Choice Award. Congratulations! Your movie really struck me as relevant, well produced, stylized, and entertaining film that really speaks to the times. Hands down, without any slapping going on, this film grabbed my vote immediately. Just that morning I checked my email on my phone. I had a message from my brother with a video attachment of a late 40s propaganda cartoon that I was not able to view, but I read the comments. It was back and forth conservative/liberal verbal slapping. I am excited for the day when people get beyond their traditions, beliefs, and backgrounds to truly do the right thing to make this a civil planet!”– Ryan Reeves, Film Editor, Artist, and Visionary
 
"Slap grows on me. As I watched it the first time, the left – right commentary was of course familiar. The conversation felt predictable, but the setting and physicality added a disturbing aspect of human nature that continues to appeal to me. The slug-fest illustrated a comedic quality. How is that possible when the slaps are so painful? Whatever that boundary explores, it has an effect on the conversation and I’m very glad to have screened your tight little film. Congratulations on the accomplishment, Gayla.  Thank you SO much for sharing this quirky piece. " – Judy W. Egenolf, President, Amherst 1031
 
“That film [Slap] spoke to me and I know it will touch others.  The message deserves the exposure. ” – Ryan Reeves, Film Editor, Artist, and Visionary
 
"SLAP came and I watched it and really enjoyed it.  Love, love, love Clancy Brown.  A clever, disturbing, laugh-out-loud, entertaining film.  Well done!!  It's great to see those witty sharp muscles are still being exercised. "  – Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto, Casting Director
 
“Well, I have watched Slap 4 times.  Is that a record yet?  Each time I watched it I felt something a little different.  Each character uses their table and slapping "rules" to release all the stresses in life that surround us each day.  They quickly brought up some key topics of discussion that almost anyone would desire to discuss or argue.  All the topics mentioned have a double sided coin.  
 
I enjoyed the fact that two middle aged guys (one Caucasian and one Hispanic) work as auto mechanics and have figured out a way to openly "discuss" key global and national issues without pulling out guns and leveling the playing field.  Each time I watched Slap I got a laugh out of Rodriguez stating that homeless mothers are all sluts.  That one made me laugh each time.  An openly serious topic with comedic relief - what a trip (good job).  
 
The lighting was "just right".  The slapping and sound effects were done very good.  It's tough to show how people can get slapped multiple times without actually touching each other and making it sound and look real.  The crew did a great job.
 
Overall I really enjoyed your short.  I can tell you put your heart into the work - it shows.  You should be very proud of your work in Slap.  For seven minutes my mind was placed somewhere else and best of all, my focus was kept within the framework of Slap!”  – James Myers, Los Angeles Actor
 
“Being the political junkie that I am, ‘Slap’  was successful in "cracking" me up.  I thought the setting and characters were very well chosen.  Simple people giving more complex analysis than what's available on cable tv makes a sad statement about our current inability to discuss
controversial topics.  In some ways the two characters are more civil than some of the leading pundits.  The slapping is well done and believable.   Luckily, the film is still enough of an exaggeration to make it funny. ” – Judge at the 34th Cleveland International Film Festival
 
“Although I personally found this film difficult to watch and actually could only listen to parts of it, I thought the film was well done.  The lighting was great with the setting, the writing was smart and the acting/editing/special effects left me sore. ”  – Judge at the 34th Cleveland International Film Festival
 
“This film is incredibly imaginative. It presents a take on social issues in a way that is not seen often. The film starts off making the viewer think the structure won’t work, but the pacing keeps the viewer enthralled and watching. Given the nature of the actor’s movement – it’s hard to get a true concept on the director’s use of the camera. The actors handle their respective and frequent movements well and the script is timely. The production in terms of the sound is well done and, in particular, the lighting is excellent. ”  – Judge at the 34th Cleveland International Film Festival
 
“This story… is a wry and witty commentary about the world we live in and the course of politics in America today. ”  – 2009 Palm Springs International Short Fest
 
“A shocking and simultaneously hilarious romp through small talk that quickly turns ugly, SLAP will shock you into laughter, again and again. ”  – “Lights, Camera, Film Fest!” NBFF Filmmaker's Five interview with Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough (on the official blog of the Newport Beach Film Festival, 2010)
 
“Everyone who saw it loved it, as do I. Most entertaining and very clever.  Thank you for it!” –
Tantri Wija, Director of Programming, Albuquerque Film Festival
 
“Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough’s 7-minute satire Slap pokes fun at the inability to listen to another’s viewpoint, so often seen during political candidate debates. ” – In article “Social change Film Festival to end on Sunday” by Trisha Sertori, Contributor, Ubud, Bali, Jakarta Post, April 4, 2011
 
“Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough’s 7-minute satire Slap pokes fun at the inability to listen to another’s viewpoint, so often seen during political candidate debates. ” – Trisha Sertori, Jakarta Post, April 16, 2011.

“A huge testament to you [Gayla] that you can create a short film that leads to in-depth political discussion and a question such as, ‘do you think the world is getting better or getting worse?’ [WILDsound] Matthew seems to love the invitation Slap provides to examine American political culture – and it was very interesting to hear the implied assumptions of a Canadian asking questions about American politics.  Congrats on all your success with Slap and I can't wait to hear what's next. . . !”  – Allie Adair, Senior Director of Consumer Marketing, Career Arc Group
 
“SLAP is a great film, it played with my film at The United Film Festival, and it was a great pairing. I suggest to all of you who haven't seen SLAP yet, to go to this screening and see it. It is a film you will want to see. ” -- Brian Crance, Director, Race Team (the film)
 
"SLAP is one of the smartest short films I've seen - still talking about it months later!"  -- Georgia Reed, Women in Film (WIF) member  

Slap is about our inability to discuss civil matters civilly
in our blue-state/red-state environment.