WUSS: Teacher Gets Beaten Up By His Own Students


WUSS, the film, will be showing at the SXSW Film Festival this week. It is the story of a high school teacher (Nate Rubin) who faces constant ridicule after he’s repeatedly beaten up by several of his own students. Having nowhere else to turn, he eventually teams up with another of his students to fight back. This young girl (Alicia Anthony) is feared school-wide because of a dark family reputation. She also has an unfortunate nickname grafted to her due to her predilection for smoking discarded cigarettes. Bonded in battle, the student and teacher form a friendship that stretches the use of the word inappropriate.

WUSS is writer/director Clay Liford’s third feature film. His previous features include the SXSW 2010 hit EARTHLING,  A FOUR COURSE MEAL, and his short MY MOM SMOKES WEED, which has played at over thirty festivals including Sundance 2010.

The cast includes Nate Rubin (My Mom Smokes Weed), Alicia Anthony, Ryan Anderson, Alex Karpovsky (Tiny Furniture, Lovers of Hate, Beeswax), Chris Gardner, Jennifer Spies, Jonny Mars, Arianne Martin, Cody Jones and Tony Hale (Arrested Development). The film is produced by Eric Steele, Barak Epstein, Adam Donaghey, and Clay Liford. Executive Producer is Bala Shagrithaya. Director of Photography is Chris Simpson with editing by Clay Liford and Jay Serra. Music is by Curtis Heath with Production Design by Ellen Weaver. The Art Director is Yen Tan and Costume Design is by Andie Day.

WUSS is screening at SXSW in Austin:

Saturday, March 12 at 4:30pm – At the Rollins Theatre

Sunday, March 13 at 9:15pm – At the West Gate Movie Theater

Thursday, March 17 at 10:30pm – At the Alamo Lamar C

Saturday, March 19 at 11:30am – At the State Theatre

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