Lissy Borton Had an Axe

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Some friendships don’t last.

Lissy Borton can handle her braces, her lisp, and selfish parents. But when her only friend Stephen cares more about partying than tutoring her, she decides to fix her problems—one bloody axe swing at a time.


Director's statement

Sometimes I fear that I grew up too fast. At the time, high school was a challenge I seemed to constantly be failing. Studying became demanding and swallowed my time. Peer pressure led my every thought and action. People changed and friendships faded. I found myself constantly seeking the validation of people that would quickly become inconsequential. Therefore, the heart of Lissy Borton Had An Axe was born.

When co-writer Jered Yeaton and I sat down to write Lissy Borton Had An Axe, we led with the initial idea of turning the classic true story of the vicious killer Lizzie Borden into the lisp slurping high school outcast Lissy Borton. As a filmmaker, I’m consistently drawn to stories of young adults found in outrageous situations they are forced to overcome. With our addition of Lissy’s childhood best friend, the narrative grew from a reimagining of the renowned tale to the unconventional story of a crumbling friendship.

Lissy Borton Had An Axe is not the story of a girl who killed her parents. It’s a tug-of-war between two fading friends as they fight the inevitable teenage struggle of childhood vs. adulthood. It’s a story that questions the right time to leave the past behind and become and adult. I hope Lissy Borton Had An Axe will show you that your mistakes in high school don’t define you, they haunt you.

Garrett Tripp

Lissy Borton can handle her braces, her lisp, and selfish parents. But when her only friend Stephen cares more about partying than tutoring her, she decides to fix her problems—one bloody axe swing at a time.