SXSW 2011: First look at Clay Liford’s WUSS

by: Chase Whale
February 4th, 2011

Clay Liford is a festival darling. His first short film, MY MOM SMOKES WEED, premiered last year at Sundance, and then two months later his first feature, EARTHLING, had its world premiere at SXSW, going on to garner acclaim at more prestigious festivals (including Spain's Sitges Fest).

This year, he's back with a story about the little engine who couldn't, WUSS. Nate Rubin (MY MOM SMOKES WEED, BLOOD ON THE HIGHWAY) stars as Mitch, bullied high school teacher by day, beaten high school teacher by night. Fed up with getting his ass kicked all the time, he teams up with rebellious high schooler Maddie (Alicia Anthony), where they fight back and attempt to turn the bullies into the bullied.

Check out four more stills and the official synopsis after the break. Look for WUSS making its world premiere at SXSW in just a few weeks!

Official Synopsis:
WUSS is the story of a high school teacher who faces constant ridicule after he’s repeatedly beaten up by several of his own students. Having nowhere else to turn, he eventually teams up with another of his students to fight back. This student, a young girl, is feared school-wide because of a dark family reputation. She also has an unfortunate nickname grafted to her due to her predilection for smoking discarded cigarettes. Bonded in battle, the student and teacher form a friendship that stretches the use of the word inappropriate.

Starring Nate Rubin (BLOOD ON THE HIGHWAY, MY MOM SMOKES WEED), featuring Tony Hale (TV’s “Arrested Development”) and directed by Clay Liford (EARTHLING, MY MOM SMOKES WEED). The film is a dark comedy that almost plays as a horror film, albeit one where nobody dies (except a little on the inside). Says Liford, “In most comedies, when characters do harebrained schemes they’re never held accountable for them. I hold them accountable.”

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