March 22nd, 2017
New York, NY

“Jack and Jill” is a wild ride of a short film that interrogates the human side of The Pentagon’s 2015 decision to open all combat roles to women soldier. In doing so, "Jack and Jill" may well raise eyebrows, however at its core it is the story of two unapologetic, strong women. Writer/Director Nikhil Melnechuk is devoted telling stories that defy gender stereotypes and show women and transgender characters as complex protagonists. 

Melnechuk wrote the story that inspired the script while in Richard Slotkin's War Films course at Wesleyan University in 2006. Ten years later, government policy had changed and his story had a new relevance. As new revelations regarding the humiliating treatment of female soldiers are released, “Jack and Jill” hopes to remind viewers that behind the headlines and politics are real women making the choice to serve.

“Jack and Jill” boasts an all-star cast, with Melissa Jackson ("The Next Three Days"), Ellen Hollman ("Spartacus", "Into The Badlands”, “Six”), Damian Young ("Birdman”, “House of Cards”), John Buffalo Mailer ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”), and acclaimed transgender actor Michelle Hendley ("Boy Meets Girl”). The film is a production of Bowery Arts and Science, Bowery Poetry, and 2.35, and is from Executive Producer Kim Waltrip (“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby", "Hit and Run”).

— — — 

Press contact:
Melissa Jackson