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7 DAY GIG
 
7 DAY GIG
 
US Premiere

Director: Kate Marks

United States, 2013, 10min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2014
Category: Short Narrative
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Cast:  Winston Story, Paco Tolson, Kristin Coffman, William Doran, Eric Orman, David Sajadi, Kymberly Harris, Rosemary Stevens, Holland MacFallister, Vana Bell, Michelle Sargent, Leia Hurst, Melissa Kay Anderson, Marilyn Monrovia, Diana Brooks
Crew:  Producers: Frances Chang - Screenwriters: Kate Marks - Cinematographer: Leah Anova - Editor: Aleigh Lewis - Composer: Beth Caucci
Email:  kate.sugarcanegmail.com

synopsis
Last week, Jay's dad passed away. At a loss about the loss, Jay, a Guamanian-Romanian-Catholic-Jew, decides to honor his dad's life by sitting shiva, the seven-day Jewish mourning tradition. The only problem is, he lives in sunny Los Angeles where he just can't seem to make any friends. After failing to befriend his neighbors, he puts an ad on Craigslist looking for people to attend his shiva. His ad is answered by a chicken who wants to be an actor, a 12 year-old punk who wants to be a Rabbi, and an old man who looks like he might not live through the week. This is a film about coping with the absurdity of death in a tradition you don't fully understand. 7 Day Gig: a comedy about loss

director
Kate Marks began making films after working as a playwright, theatre director, clown, and performer in New York City where The New York Times named her a “superb director” and "ingenious." Additionally Kate has taught Bronx public school students, incarcerated women, seniors with mental illnesses, and disabled adults. Her work with a wide range of students can be felt in her stories, which focus on the need to be witnessed. Kate is a Project Involve fellow at Film Independent where she received the Barbara Boyle Award. Other awards include the Sarah Jacobson Film Grant, The Beutner Family Award for Excellence in the Arts, and a Celtx Seed Award. Her film PEARL WAS HERE premiered at SLAMDANCE to rave reviews and is currently broadcasting on PBS. Her film HOMEBODY received a Juror’s Choice Award at the Black Maria Film + Video Festival and was an opening night film for Curta Cinema. Both films have screened at numerous festivals all over the world. Kate is currently finishing her thesis film MIRACLE MAKER as part of her MFA degree in film directing at CalArts. Kate is a graduate of Brown University where she received honors in playwriting.
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