I discovered Chuck Palahniuk (writer of Fight Club among many great novels) as a budding film student in 2004 and he quickly became my favorite author. His use of language and style and larger-than-life characters have inspired my own creations for years.

This is my ode to his work, an adaptation of a little known short story he wrote 25 years ago called “Negative Reinforcement”. It was the first work he ever had published, in a 1990 issue of Modern Short Stories. It’s a hyper-stylized look into the way we fantasize about and pass judgement on strangers based on the briefest of physical clues.

I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

This is a non-profit film, created for the enjoyment of the community. All rights belong to Chuck Palahniuk.

The original short story can be found at chuckpalahniuk.net/features/shorts/negative-reinforcement

– Alex Grybauskas, director

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