At the end of the month, Atom Films will launch a film spoof section on the Web site via the bow of “American Pi,” a short film helmed by Neil Palmer and starring Robert Patrick Benedict as a high school math genius who seeks an equation that will help him lose his virginity.
The nine-minute short combines the seemingly disparate elements of the edgy, black-and-white 1998 arthouse thriller “Pi” and the teen sex comedy “American Pie.”
Benedict is best known as Richard, the dorm dweeb on “Felicity.” “American Pi” was written and co-produced by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson. Shot on 35 mm over a weekend in December—partly at his parent’s house — it is Palmer’s first film of to be purchased.
“Basically, we think we can get the best exposure from Atom Films,” Palmer said. “They seem to be the premiere site for short films.”
Palmer was signed to a development deal with the Web site. He will produce at least one other short film, probably another spoof, for Netcast.
“Spoofs work because people already have a connection to the title,” he said. Palmer said Atom Films is considering the release of a spoof compilation on DVD, similar to the compilation the company put out of Academy Award-nominated shorts.
Although Atom Films declined to comment on the scheduled launch of the spoof section of the site, viewer tallies reveal that spoofs are traditionally some of the most popular content on the Web site.
“Saving Ryan’s Privates” is the all-time most watched film on the site, and “The Blair Fish Project” comes in sixth on the list.