Girl Scout Alert! A gung-ho mom has hired a “perfect scout” daughter while her real daughter has plans of her own. The battle is on!
Cookie Wars was an official selection of NFFTY 2014 and screened as a part of the Lighten Up category.
Film of the Week is presented by Volvo Cars of North America.
**Disclaimer: Film contains some adult language. **
About the director:
Natasha Lasky is seventeen years old and lives in the middle of the woods in California. She will be starting her senior year of high school and her fourth year at the SF Art and Film Workshop in the fall. When she is not directing movies, she is writing them, watching them, or reading books. Her favorite word is halibut.
NFFTY spoke with Natasha about her work on the film.
Q: Where did the inspiration come for the story of Cookie Wars?
I was, in fact, once a girl scout, although I was never a particularly good one. The closest thing I had to a wilderness skill was picking nice flowers out of someone’s suburban garden without getting caught and I was much more interested in eating the girl scout cookies than selling them. But I’d see these moms who were so into selling as many girl scout cookies as possible, obsessed with winning the badges for their kids, even when their kids could care less. Thankfully my mom was not that way. But I thought that dynamic would be funny to explore in a short.
Another reason I liked this idea was because the story is about the relationship between mothers and daughters, which isn’t often explored in mainstream comedies. Before I started working on this film, I was trying to make movies I thought other people would like, so I ended up making so many (too many) short films about guys and their problems. I realized maybe it was time to pull from my own experience and make a comedy about girls, which felt so much more interesting and fresh and true.
Q: What motivated you to get into filmmaking in the first place?
I started making movies because I wanted to make people laugh. I was twelve, and my love of awful 1950’s sci-fi B movies (the kind where the “monster” is just a thinly disguised plastic bath toy) combined with my rudimentary understanding of Final Cut Express meant that I just made alien movies with my brother in our backyard, hoping that they would be so cheesy that I could make my friends laugh. It worked. Five years later, I’m still making comedies, but with significantly less aliens, for better or for worse.
Q: You’ve definitely built up a solid portfolio of comedic films. Is this a genre you want to continue pursuing?
I definitely want to continue making funny movies. And while I’ve been thinking of making a drama, I find that so many dramatic student films are too self-serious, humorless, and generally insufferable. Also so many movies and TV shows I love are both funny and deeply emotional, so I want my films, even if they’re not strictly comedies, to be funny in some way.
Q: You’ve had a handful of films in NFFTY over the last couple years. What has the experience been like participating and how has NFFTY helped you grow as a filmmaker?
It is always both amazing and humbling to go to NFFTY. This all sounds very cheesy, but every year I am shocked at just how talented these young filmmakers are- whether it be in cinematography, writing, or directing. I am still younger than most of the kids whose films are admitted (or at least it feels that way) so it’s inspiring to see that potentially I could grow to make films as beautiful and complex as the ones I see at NFFTY.