Critical Crop Top Media is a production company based out of Atlanta, Georgia that develops and produces films, web content, podcasts, and live comedy shows that amplify the stories of women and Atlanta artists whose voices are typically not represented in mainstream television and film. Critical Crop Top Media uses its platform to elevate women's stories beyond the typical tropes of the sacrificial, supportive sister/wife/daughter or the "strong female character", to create multidimensional female characters that echo the diverse and complex experiences of real women.
Critical Crop Top was formed in 2016 by Nicole Kemper, Hillary R. Heath, and Sarah Alison Hodges with the goal of producing content from an intersectional feminist perspective and to create opportunities for women and other underrepresented voices to provide social commentary in a comedic light. In their first three years, Nicole, Hillary, and Sarah produced and released comedy shorts and web series written and directed by women, including Vera’s Workplace Sensitivity Training, Dick Pic Professional, 80s Dating Video Remix, and PYTs Webshow. Their films have screened at the Atlanta ShortsFest, Terminus Conference + Film Festival, NewFilmmakers New York, Chattanooga Film Festival, Macon Film Festival, Y'allywood Film Festival, and the New Mavericks Film Series. Nicole, Hillary, and Sarah also hosted a weekly podcast, The Feminine Mistake, which took a critical and comedic look at how women have been portrayed in film and ran for three seasons.
In October 2016, Critical Crop Top produced its first live comedy show - a program comprised of sketches written in a collaborative effort between eight artists, and which also included performances by spoken words artists and guest musical performers. More live shows followed, including Artificially Intelligent, Critical Crop Top Does Real Theatre, Afterlife, Feminine AF, Critical Crop Top Enters the Multiverse, and Critical Crop Top Saves America. Each show was written and developed by the ensemble and showcased a diverse cast of socially conscious comedians, actors, writers, and directors. Sketches from these shows were performed at The Melting Pot Show at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, The Good Gracious Variety Show, and Mark Kendall’s Cool Cool Cool Comedy Show. We were honored to be recipients of a grant from the Puffin Foundation in 2018.
In 2021, Critical Crop Top Media continues its mission to create space for new and exciting voices. Our new web series, The Critical Crop Top Sketch Comedy Web Show, was written by an ensemble of five writer/director/performers and features a diverse cast of some of our favorite Atlanta actors. Due to Covid-19, we shot everything virtually with some additional footage being shot by actors or our prop master in their homes. The Feminine Mistake Podcast is back for season five and we're in season two of our new show, The Adam and Andy Podcast. Lastly, our most recent short film, The Parts That Stay continues its festival run in 2021 with screenings being announced on our social media. We are also in development on a new short film, Afterglow, and our first feature film, Mr. Pleasure.