Director’s Statement

CADAVER began as a short, whimsical poem that I wrote to my kid sister the day she cut open her first dead body as a med student at Chicago’s Northwestern University. I never intended to make the poem into a movie. I simply sought to lighten her mood and mitigate her understandable fears on what was then the biggest day of her life on her path to becoming a doctor.

My sister successfully cut open her cadaver. I successfully moved onto other projects. A year passed. But something in the poem kept prying me back to it. Beneath the rhyme that tickled the ear lurked a text that tackled a truth.

CADAVER isn’t a poem. CADAVER is a battle.

Of romantic versus cynic. Of how love inspires versus how love exploits. CADAVER is the net sum of my thirty battered years of falling into and out of love. Of having my heart crushed. Or discovering I was crushing someone else’s.

As a writer, I am honored and humbled that my words resonated so deeply with my dear friends (producers Amanda Ely & Mike Raspatello) and my childhood icons (and cinematic heroes) Christopher Lloyd and Kathy Bates. The film was a true collaboration that was blessed by so many people’s wonderful talents. On behalf of the entire cast and crew, I look forward to sharing CADAVER with anyone who has had their heart broken – and with anyone who has broken a heart. It is a story for the hopeful romantics. It is a story for the harshest cynics.

— writer/director Jonah D. Ansell