Written, directed and produced by Jerry Belitch.
This is a really low budget film, but what it lacks in flash it makes up for many, many times over in satire and outrageous content.
The story is based around the current president, and the actor Thomas Ferranti channels Trump to a T. The basic plot is the president falls in “lust” with a 16 year old girl and attempts to change the law of the age of consent so he can pursue her. Pretty creepy, but is it that really that much of a stretch?
There is a healthy helping of many more of the White House staff, Ivana, Sarah Sanders, Melania and other easily recognizable minions, all played with dastardly accuracy. It’s a very powerful storyline of celebratory sexual predators and abusers. Ryan Seacrest shows his sorry head, several Hollywood producers, including Weinstein, all making the rather obvious point about the horrors of sexual aggression in the workplace and the subrogation of women for time immemorial.
R Kelly is also highlighted, so Belitch clearly has a very strong position on this. He even brings Bill Cosby into the fray. It’s as if all these sleazeball predators have each other on speed dial and activate their “calling tree” to cover each other’s lies.
So whats the point of this? It’s certainly an interesting way to highlight a subject as front and center as this. Having a sexual predator in the White House seems to have become just one of a hundred other shameful stories of his climb to power. I do like that this film has encompassed so many different aspects of this story though, not just the obvious, but the shameful cover ups, the weirdness of it all, the darkness and the disgust.
Making a film is a magical thing. An impossible task, believe me I know. So the fact that Jerry Belitch got this made at all is a miracle and for that alone he should be admired. There are imperfections, of course there are, this was made on a shoestring and with stolen locations and seat of your pants production value. But it works. The story is clear, the characters bold, the intention defined and the result is a darkly funny and seriously timely film you won’t soon forget.
I am a filmmaker myself, so I understand the trials and tribulations of it all.
It can literally kill you, take all your money, your soul and your good sense. But in the end, if you persevere, if you survive, you will have something permanent, something real and complete and entirely yours. I hope Jerry feels a huge sense of accomplishment, to have pulled this together so quickly and with very little help. I think he and his “No Offense” cast and crew deserve a huge Bravo!!
The film will be available to steam and download sometime in November, there will be updates and an interview with Jerry in November to celebrate the worldwide release of “No Offense.”