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Stoli Explore the Origins of the French Exit



Jacknife project commissions four origin stories

Stoli Explore the Origins of the French Exit

Toronto-based creative shop Jacknife invited four filmmakers to create “Origin Stories” for Stoli, the Original Vodka for Original People. The films are being showcased on ORGNL.TV.


French Exit:
OPC // FS director Sean Wainsteim chose to explore the origins of the phenomenon whereby someone leaves a party without saying goodbye. After exhaustive (we assume) research in the field, Wainsteim crafted this period recreation of the first trailblazing usage of “The French Exit” (known as “The English Goodbye” in France). The film follow the hapless, yet plucky innovator, as he seeks crafty ways to disappear from a gathering.  It’s a fun and unexpected two minute romp. Whether you’re a victim or a practitioner, now you too can enjoy this dubiously investigated origin of the French Exit.


Stoli: French Exit
Director: Sean Wainsteim
Written by: Steve Manale & Sean Wainsteim
Producer: Michelle Woodward
Production Company: OPC // FS
Executive Producers: Harland Weiss, Donovan Boden, Liz Dussault

Commissioned by: Jacknife
Partner/Creative: Mike Kelar, R.G.D.
Senior Designer: Adam Macklean
Group Director, Accounts, Creative Services: Stacey O'Connor
Digital Strategist: Jay Watts

Cinematographer: Brendan Steacy
Production Design: Danielle Sahota
Steadycam: Mike Heathcote
Editor: Skinner 
Editorial: Married to Giants
Wardrobe: Maeve McKee
Sound Design & Mix: Grayson Matthews
Casting: Jigsaw
Storyboards: Steve Manale
Colour: Drake Conrad, Rolling Picture Company

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