Irene, a 23-year-old artistic misfit, pursues a modeling career to escape her dead-end retail job but is quickly disillusioned by the cutthroat nature of the Los Angeles fashion world. Searching for identity and a kindred spirit while surrounded by competition, absurdity, and so many nude bras, Irene flounders until a mysterious woman's performance ignites her imagination. A dark comedy inspired by the real-life modeling adventures of writer / director / star Marjorie Conrad.


- Filmmaker Magazine

"A beautifully wrought film of the often fraught search for identity."

- SLUG Magazine

"The film manages to deftly explore questions of identity and creativity -— perhaps drawing from Conrad’s own experiences -— through opulent shots, outrageous characters and an exquisite backdrop of heightened reality."

- SLUG Magazine

"Director Marjorie Conrad draws from her personal experience as a model in Los Angeles to craft a dark and very funny fictionalized account of the many humiliations she endured. In one particularly great subplot, a rich new friend seems to be Irene’s salvation, only to gradually reveal herself to be a narcissistic monster. Chemical Cut is far from a 'poor me' story though; Conrad shares her understanding of how the ego can be seduced into doggedly pursuing this kind of career—the trap of chasing acceptance in a world that constantly drags you down."

- Paul Sbrizzi, Hammer To Nail, Festival Preview

"It’s impossible to separate the biography of director/writer/star Marjorie Conrad from the world explored by Irene in Chemical Cut. After being thrust onto the world stage by Tyra Banks and America’s Next Top Model it’s evidence that the surreality of that experience shaped this Breillat-esque tale of a model who is scouted after over-bleaching her hair."

- Jeremy O. Harris, Twitch Film, Picks of Slamdance


Hammer To Nail  

SLUG Magazine  

Film Colossus  

Beyond Chron   

Eat Drink Films 

The Film Stage 


Film Colossus

Filmmaker Magazine

MovieMaker Magazine


2016 Slamdance Film Festival, Narrative Competition / Park City, UT

World Premiere

2016 New Hope Film Festival, Art House Feature / New Hope, PA

Winner - Female Eye Filmmaking Award

2016 ArcLight Hollywood, Slamdance Cinema Club / Los Angeles, CA

2016 ArcLight Chicago, Slamdance Cinema Club / Chicago, IL

2016 Buffalo International Film Festival / Buffalo, NY

Official Selection