John and Alice live in small town America – 20s, married, very much in love, and broke. Once voted “most likely to succeed,” Alice struggles to make ends meet while her friends enjoy the good life. Her husband John, neurotic and riddled with phobias, just wants to get the bills paid. But an accident leads them to a roadside antique shop where Alice is spontaneously drawn to a mysterious brass teapot. It isn’t long before they realize that this is no ordinary teapot and that perhaps they have found the answer to all of their financial woes…THE BRASS TEAPOT is a magical dark comedy that reminds us to be careful what we wish for.
April 5th Openings in New York & LA:
New York, NY: Cinema Village
West Hollywood, CA: Sundance Cinema Sunset 5
THE BRASS TEAPOT stars Juno Temple and Michael Angarano as Alice and John. The film also stars Alexis Bledel, Alia Shawkat and Bobby Moynihan. THE BRASS TEAPOT marks the feature directorial debut from Ramaa Mosley, who is an award-winning commercial and music video director for such renowned clients as Adidas, ESPN and the B-52’s. The film is based on a story by Mosley and Tim Macy, and is written by Macy.
Ramaa Mosley Explains the Brass Teapot
At its core, THE BRASS TEAPOT is a fable about temptation and how people can be tempted by greed. I see this movie as a timely and relevant reflection of an entire generation, while also being a wildly entertaining escape from reality. Every person has been affected by the financial meltdown. Everyone’s complaining about the economy. The important question is where that leaves recent college graduates and middle class families. Everywhere people are struggling to find jobs, pay credit card bills and survive. People joke about finding an old plate at a garage sale that’s worth a fortune. Well, what if you found a teapot that could make you a fortune? We are now a society that wants a quick fix. THE BRASS TEAPOT ultimately asks the viewer the wonderfully, devious question: How far would you go if you had a magical teapot that gave you money in exchange for pain? Would you pull out a tooth for $30,000? Would you rip off a nail for $15,000?
The making of THE BRASS TEAPOT began when a substitute teacher in a third grade class told the story of a magic teapot to a roomful of bored children on a rainy day in March. One of those children was Tim Macy. When he grew up, Tim published a short story about a broke middle-aged couple that buy a teapot at a garage sale and come home to find that it has supernatural powers to make money. Tim was invited to post his short story on one of the major online short story websites. I discovered his Brass Teapot story after doing a Google search for “best short story” and brass teapot was at the top of the search. I was surprised to learn how popular it was – drawing in over thirty thousand hits per month. As I researched the short and the readers, I quickly learned that the Brass Teapot story was a phenomenon. Throngs of young people from around the world were reading the story online and then making their own short films, videos and YouTube clips based on it. I immediately knew there was a movie in the idea.
We worked to create an elaborate mythology of how the teapot had been created and its previous owners over the past 2,000 years. I decided that I wanted to create a comic book series based on the story and an addendum comic book that would tell the legend of the brass teapot. From here we would base our screenplay. Growing up, comic books were a huge inspiration for me and I felt that it was the perfect medium to excite fans of the short story, as well as inspire the screenplay development, writing and movie making process. I collaborated with some of the most talented comic artists around the world, from Fiona Staples to Niklas Asker, to create the comic books. Over fifteen artists contributed to the artwork.