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Monday, December 30, 2013

A Film About Peeing: Steve's Problem Readies to Debut

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Steve at the source of his problem - STEVE'S PROBLEM
  • Steve's Problem
  • Steve at the source of his problem

We're not sure what goes on in the Men's room, we've never been in there -- except for that really confusing bathroom at the Detroit airport, but once we saw urinals we realized our error.

But it's precisely the distinguishing factor between the men's and women's restroom -- the urinal -- that inspired this 15-minute comedy called Steve's Problem.

San Francisco filmmaker and writer Mike Lars White got the idea for the film based on the awkwardly close urinals at his former work place.

"I was working at an ad agency where the men's room had two urinals that were very close to each other -- not allowing much privacy," says White. "So I had this idea of two men striking up a conversation there, and what if they enjoyed each other's pissing company so much that they decided 'we should piss together again some time.'"

Based off this idea he developed a script about pee shyness (that'd be Steve's problem), and Steve's handling of this issue after he receives some poor advice from someone he encounters in a restroom.

Shot at Candlestick Park, the Tenderloin, and the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, the film features various Bay Area improv actors and, of course, the pee (made of lemonade and beer).

Steve's Problem will debut on January 8 at the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema. To learn more about Steve's Problem, check out the film's Facebook page.

UPDATE 1/13: Steve's Problem won gold at the Idyllwild film festival.

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