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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 is a 2016 HBO Access Directing and a 2013 Project Involve fellow at Film Independent where she received the Barbara Boyle Award. Her award winning short films (Pearl Was Here, Homebody, 7 Day Gig, and Miracle Maker) continue to screen all over the world. Highlights include Slamdance, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, and broadcasting on PBS. She is a graduate of CalArts (MFA) and Brown University (BA). Additionally Kate teaches filmmaking in public schools, prisons, senior centers, and parks. Her work with a wide range of students can be felt in her stories, which focus on the need to be witnessed.
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