From the Episode: Creature Comforts

Josephine and the Roach

| March 3, 2013

USC / 2012 / 15 minutes / English / Color

“You fill my heart with passion.”

Oh, Josephine. Her only joy comes from her accordion, which she plays much to the chagrin of her abusive husband Moe, a drunk couch potato who has little interest in her music or her existence.

Roach knows this.

In his wee apartment nestled in a crack in the kitchen tile, the little insect plays complementary violin to Josephine’s wind box. Roach has fallen in love with her. If only she wasn’t 45,000 times his body mass! Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop Roach from carrying out his clever plan inspired by watching science shows. Can Roach win Josephine’s affection by manipulating Moe like a 300-pound sock puppet? The film won Silver at the 2013 Student Academy Award for Best Narrative. A short film by Jonathan Langager. Principal Cast: Jenna Augen, Jerry White Jr.

Josephine and the Roach

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Series Producer
Lisa Landi

Associate Producer
Julia Shackelford

Peter Borg

Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
Written and Produced by

John Andrieni

Kevin Cooke
Marie K Lee

Social Media Specialist
Aldo Mora-Blanco

Sarah Hoffner

On Air Promotion
Bridget Louie

William Lowery
Abby Staeble

Director of TV Production
Sandy Schonning

Executive Producer
Scott Dwyer