Tank Fairy

In Taiwan, “song wa si de” are workers who routinely supply gas tanks to street vendors and old residential buildings. The magical Tank Fairy delivers her tanks unlike anyone else – with sass, stilettos, and a healthy helping of glitter. Her arrival upends the life of Jojo, a lonely ten-year-old who dreams of dancing and drag. Outcast by classmates and misunderstood by his stern, single mother, Jojo is inspired to live out loud by his fierce, propane-toting fairy godmother. Tank Fairy is a musical extravaganza that encourages us all to embrace our authentic selves.

  • Taiwan, USA
  • 2021, 10 min
  • Director: Erich Rettstadt
  • Director of photography: Danny Wang
  • Editor: Erich Rettstadt
  • Screenplay: Erich Rettstadt
  • Music: Sonia Calico
  • Sound: Kenny Cheng
  • Cast: Marian Mesula, Ryan Lin, Danielle Yen
  • Art Director: Ming-Jen Hsieh
  • Producer: Erich Rettstadt, C.K. Hugo Chung, Anita Tung
  • Production: Spotlight Entertainment

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Erich Rettstadt

Erich Rettstadt is a queer American filmmaker and theater artist whose work emphasizes inclusivity and escapism. He obtained his BFA in Film Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Writing for Screen & TV from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. His short film State Debate (2012) was awarded a Panavision New Filmmaker Grant and was screened at numerous festivals. Erich currently lives in Taipei with his partner Tai; together, they are working to develop Tank Fairy (2021) into a half-hour anthology series.