Two workers for the Center For Disease Control meet for drinks, only to discover that love is the most hazardous thing of all.
WARNING LABELS is a short film directed by Jennifer Morrison. The 14-minute short tells the story of two Center for Disease Control workers who meet up for drinks and come to the realization that love is “the most hazardous thing of all.” Starring Karen Gillan (Selfie, Doctor Who), Josh Lawson (House of Lies), Rose McIver (iZombie) and Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: Los Angeles), this eloquently crafted comedy-drama showcases the often tragic and perilous implications of love, while enunciating the fact that we need to look beyond the surface to see the unique core and foundation of an individual.
Creators: Jennifer Morrison (Director), Jenelle Riley (Writer), Andrew Carlberg & Andrew Kelly (Producers)
Cast: Karen Gillan, Josh Lawson, Rose McIver, Eric Christian Olsen
Genres: Short | Comedy | Drama
Country of Origin: USA
Runtime: 14 Minutes
Release date: 18 April 2015 (USA)
- Aired at the Tribeca Film Festival between April 18 and April 25 (2015)
- Jennifer Morrison directed this, Rose’s close friend and “Once Upon a Time” co-star.
- Rose starred alongside Karen Gillan, another close friend of her. Both Jennifer and Karen has worked with Rose at other short films as well.
- Was part of the program “Interference” at the Tribeca Film Festival, which spoke to futuristic and fatalistic storylines.
- Aired at various film festivals throughout 2015
Jennifer Morrison on the project: I think love and connection are complicated and never the same for any two people. We all have strengths and weaknesses based on our childhoods and our heartaches from lost love or unrequited love. Those strengths and weaknesses make love an adventure, no matter what your journey is. Sometimes feeling safe is the most important thing for someone, and I refuse to call that a form of “settling.” Sometimes feeling free and adventurous are the most important elements for someone, and I refuse to call that “being lonely.” We all have to find our own path toward connectedness to coincide with a sense of self and self-worth. It is definitely tough in a time when busy schedules and intense technology rule, but we are also in a time where therapy and self-discovery are also celebrated and encouraged. We all enter the forest from a different point. As Joseph Campbell always said, “Follow your bliss.”
Jennifer Morrison on the project: I think that vulnerability feels scary for most people. We tend to divert closeness in order to self-preserve. The fear of rejection is so powerful, but when you really think about it though, it’s exactly as Gil says to Mindy in that moment, “You don’t need it.” Symbolically, I feel like he is saying that to all of us. We don’t need to be afraid of rejection, or vulnerability, or what other people think. When you really think about it, what does it matter? Why are we so conditioned to care about what other people think? We should be focused on knowing ourselves well enough to think for ourselves. Humans are survivors, and we are incredibly resilient. I’d rather rip the bandage off and deal with it.