PROTECT THE PIGEONS FROM EATING USED CONDOMS is a mockumentary PSA set in 1980, whereupon a lonely, eccentric woman named Trudy (along with regular, everyday citizens) informs the public about pigeon safety–specifically, how to keep pigeons safe from choking on used condoms full of baby-making juice.
The idea for PROTECT THE PIGEONS… was inspired by Sean and Emma’s backgrounds with political canvassing and the general sense of despair, futility, and absurdism with comes with political organizing; along with the work of John Waters, Megan Stalter, Tim Robinson, vintage cartoons, old school PSAs, softcore porn of the swinging 70’s, a mailman vest Sean owned, and the ridiculous fashion trends from the late 70’s/early 80’s. At the helm of this project were non-binary, women, queer and trans people, and people of color in front of the camera and behind the scenes. This was Unattended Baggage’s first film project.
PROTECT THE PIGEONS… was filmed in two days in October and November 2021 in the Lower East Side, Ocean Hill, and Crown Heights, NYC.
GENERAL RELEASE SOON.
Co-Written by Emma Howard and Sean Pollock
Directed, Executive Produced, and Costume Designed by Sean Pollock
Associate Costume Design provided by Mae Rum
Produced by Ira Gamerman and Niara Sena
Direction of Photography provided by/Edited by Nella Scarantino
Craft Services provided by Siena Blaw
Sound Mixed by Anastasia Goldberg
Gaffing by Divyne Harris
On Set Photography and Makeup provided by Ella Martin
Additional On Set Photography provided by Migi Pics
Production Assistance provided by Ella Martin, Mae Rum, Marty Masjeke, and Ashley Mendez
Composition by Ira Gamerman