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Truth Or Dare, The Sophomore Way

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No one knows who invented the game Truth or Dare. But Sophomore designer Chrissie Miller has a pretty good theory as to why it’s proven so popular. “Based on my own experience, it’s just the obvious thing for boys and girls to do when they get together for the first time,” she says. “You’re kids, you’re looking around the room at each other, and you realize, we have absolutely nothing to talk about.” Miller has had Truth or Dare on the brain lately; together with frequent collaborator Cass Bird, she’s created a short documentary featuring the likes of Chloë Sevigny, Lesley Arfin, Jen Brill, Scott Campbell, and PJ Ransone playing the game.

Of course, in addition to all of the pre-teen boys and girls worldwide, Truth or Dare has one very famous practitioner: Madonna, who named her 1991 doc after the game. It’s that flick, in fact, that inspired Miller to lens her own. “I watched it not that long ago, and I just loved it, and I thought, we’ve got to do that,” Miller explains. “It’s not a typical ‘fashion’ film—it’s for Sophomore, yeah, but the clothing isn’t my main concern. I prefer to focus on making something interesting, that people will want to watch. So I rounded up some friends, we got a room at the Bowery Hotel, and came up with a list of questions.” Those questions led to hours of footage, all of which was boiled down to the six-minute film. All that editing means there was plenty left on the cutting room floor—including a few tantalizing bits. “There was one point where Chloë dared Lesley Arfin to kiss her,” Miller recalled. “It was really adorable—I mean, they’ve been friends forever, and they were both willing to go there with the game.” The film debuts tomorrow on www.kanonvodka.com, and tonight, Miller is hosting a screening in Los Angeles at Paul and Andre, the unmarked bar recently opened by Paul Sevigny and André Saraiva.

Photos: Cass Bird

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