Drugs, trophy wives, a moose head, and a horny bride-to-be all come crashing together in this quirky family dramedy. The plot unfolds in the Hagen mansion on a breezy summer day in Dallas, Texas. CEO and absentee father extraordinaire Max Hagen is lying in bed, quietly contemplating how he managed to sell his multi-million dollar company, lose his HTW (Dallas-speak for "Hot Trophy Wife"), and allow his drug-addled son Millian (pronounced "million") to move back in. By all accounts, Hagen's life is falling to pieces, but when he begrudgingly agrees to meet his successful daughter Beth's (Selma Blair) punk-rock boyfriend Raff (Nick Stahl), his life suddenly takes an enchanting turn for the worse. Over dinner, a high-strung Beth and a high-on-Xanax Millian start a sibling fight in which Millian exposes the fact that Raff is a drug dealer. Before the family even has time to digest this information, Max's latest ex-wife waltzes into the house with an eviction notice. Everyone clears out, leaving Max and Raff to fend for themselves. What follows is an unbelievable evening of robberies, raunchy escapades, and revelations. When the air clears in the morning and Max and Raff are finally released from jail, the two unlikely partners-in-crime are somehow able to face their separate failures together and find strength in each other's shortcomings. The Night of the White Pants combines the tawdry glitz of Dynasty with the zany humor of Arrested Development to create a hilarious and oddly touching homage to dysfunctional families.
Amy Talkington is a Texas-born filmmaker and writer. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College in 1993 with a degree in Art History before going on to study film at Columbia University, where she completed her M.F.A. in 1999. Talkington was nominated for a Rockefeller Foundation Film Fellowship in 2000, but before she began to make films, she wrote about music and film for magazines like Spin, Mademoiselle, College Music Journal, Interview, Seventeen, and Ray Gun. Her five short films have been shown at numerous festivals worldwide and have received a number of accolades, but she is best known for her shorts Second Skin and The New Arrival, both of which screened at the Sundance Film Festival. The Night of the White Pants is Talkington's feature debut, and she is currently developing her sophomore effort, Deeply Shallow and Really Fake, which is also set in her native Dallas.