Magic H8 Ball

Burned by a cheating boyfriend (and some mild chlamydia), a heartbroken pushover turns to a mysterious Magic 8 Ball for the answers. But as he starts giving into his impulses, he risks his hurt turning into hate—and losing all control.



Director Biography - Dan Hass

Dan is a comedy writer from Chicago turned LA beach rat (with the tank top tan to prove it). During the day, he’s an Associate Creative Director at AwesomenessTV, pitching original programming for Awesomeness, Awestruck, and DreamworksTV. As a writer, he’s created shows, shorts, and pilots—on top of national commercials and ad campaigns for Kia Motors, Harley-Davidson, Jack in the Box, and Universal Studios. His original comedy musical, Musical Therapy, has run twice in Chicago, won Best Musical at the DC Fringe, and is heading to Off Broadway next spring. And his short film, Magic H8 Ball, well, you know all about that. @NotHassAvocados



Director Statement

So, yeah. I got chlamydia. Once. Maybe twice.


Don’t look at me like that—we’ve all been there. Stuck in the clinic waiting room, leg shaking, checking out the guy across from you even though, duh, he’s probably here for the same reason you are. It’s an awkward, itchy, embarrassing experience. And it can turn devastating fast when you find out that you contracted gono-whatever from someone you thought you could trust. That hurts. A lot.


Inflammation aside, Magic H8 Ball is about the unanswerable questions we ask ourselves after a shock like that. What did I do wrong? Do I love him more than he loves me? Who am I without him? Did he cheat on me because my nipples point different directions?


You don’t recognize the person you are anymore, and you don’t know what to do with that confusion and anger. I mean, do you hate your ex for doing this to you? Or is the real heartbreak in admitting that, deep down, you always knew you were slowly losing yourself in this relationship?


Usually, there’s no easy answer. We don’t get that kind of satisfaction or closure. So when Adam (the people-pleasing protagonist) finds a loophole through a magic ball that seems to have all the answers, it’s no wonder he gives it free reign over his increasingly messy life. What we’re left with is a slightly-drunk, sapphire-nail-polish-wearing gay kid who's struggling against his impulses, insecurities, and self-loathing, armed only with his venereal disease and a sadistic kid’s toy. What could go wrong?


Gay heartbreak (like gay relationships) are their own beast, and Magic H8 Ball tries to capture with full honesty (and hopefully, hilarity) the 20-something gay experience in 2018. It's a wild, weird, heartfelt, and refreshingly inappropriate dude-on-dude dramedy—and every ounce of credit belongs to the amazing, hardworking, super attractive, and almost entirely LGBTQ+ cast, crew, and creative team who connected with the film on a level I never even imagined, ran with it, and worked their asses off for months and months to bring this to life.


We’ve all been Adam. Felt the shame, confusion, and dejection he’s trying to cope with. Wished for an easy answer to our problems. Gotten a taste of pure freedom and been left craving more. Let our hate and insecurities get the better of us. But it’s a story we all share—as heartfelt as it is humorous as it is real. And now, we’re excited to share it with you.


Also, go get tested.


- Dan Hass



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