MOM AND DAD’S NIPPLE FACTORY
DIRECTOR: Justinsuperstar | PRODUCER: Noah Lang
I was stunned to discover that behind a locked door in the house I grew up in, carefully tucked under thrift store bed sheets, my introverted and inventive dad had been creating perhaps the most realistic female nipple prosthetics in the world.
Unfortunately, as with many great things, this one started with tragedy.
In 2007, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, which kicked off a chain reaction that would drive change in our already close-knit family in countless unexpected ways.
My hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin is a lot like other midwestern towns. We love our sports (Go Pack Go), our beer (#2 in the nation for bars per capita), murdering deers, and Jesus. So naturally, I come from a conservative Christian household. In our house, anything that even bordered on sexual was taboo (including Seinfeld!), so this discovery was … to say the least, a bit shocking!
Once my initial surprise wore off, I began to realize that the real story wasn’t that my parents had been keeping their nipple business a secret, it was that my dad was creating realistic nipples because the option just didn’t exist to the degree that breast cancer survivors like my mom required.
Seeing the thoroughness with which my father tackled the problem of prosthetic nipple creation after my mom’s mastectomy became the perfect lens with which to illuminate their nearly 40 year bond. What started conceptually as a quirky festival short about a strange element of my family’s makeup quickly grew into a sweeping love story about two people, and how that love story has changed the lives of countless others in extremely significant ways.
At current count, my dad and mom have shipped out more than 3,000 handcrafted nipples to women around the world! That’s a hell of a lot of impact.
After 38 years, I really thought I KNEW my parents, but it wasn’t until earnestly starting this film that I truly came to understand them. Even though it took me many many failed attempts over the past 5 years to get here, I can’t fathom my life without this movie.
This is a story that always gets a reaction, and it’s time to welcome the rest of the world into the Nipple Factory.