Before Jenni Gold says “action” on a dark sound stage in Los Angeles, she gives a crew member direction. “Yes, sir,” comes the response. “I appreciate the enthusiasm, but we apparently don’t have enough female directors,” says Gold, chuckling. “Yes, ma’am,” says the crew member, and everyone on set laughs.
Shot in 16 days, before the COVID-19 pandemic, Aaah! Roach!! is a horror-comedy film about a group of fraternity students that accidentally unleashes a plague of chemically-altered, man-eating cockroaches on campus. In addition to directing, Gold, who has muscular dystrophy and uses a power wheelchair, developed the story and is co-producing and editing it.