NARRATIVE | 5 – 10 MIN. | COLLEGE AGE, HEALING AFTER LONELINESS, MENTAL HEALTH
When put on hold by a suicide hotline, Nick finds support through his neighbor and together they confront his ex-girlfriend and current boy toy leading to hilarious and ultimately cathartic results.
But What Does It Mean?
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Meet the Filmmaker
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Jon Zucker is a writer, director, comedian, and nice person. The short film he wrote and co-directed “Holding” was featured at 9 festivals – including Oscar-qualifiers Cinequest and the Santa Barbara Film Festival. It also took home the Audience Award at the Indie Street Film Festival and won Best Screenplay at the Hollywood Short Film Festival. You might be watching it right now!
As a comedian, he’s performed in Gilda’s Laughfest, Hell Yes Fest, the Sonoma Laughfest, and all over Los Angeles. As a playwright, he co-wrote a play called “Don’t Talk About It: A Story of Racism in Liberal California” that got produced at the UCB theater.
Every month, he co-hosts Arts and Crafts, a comedy show where an artist uses stand-up as inspiration to create unique pieces that are auctioned off for charity.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Jesse D. Turk is an LA-based filmmaker originally from Boston. He is a 2019 mentee of the Ryan Murphy Television Half Initiative. His most recent work includes festival-award winning shorts “The Takeback” and “Holding.” “The Takeback” is currently on the festival circuit and has won Audience Choice Award at Las Vegas Queer Arts Film Festival and was a finalist for Best Drama at Oregon Short Film Festival. “Holding” enjoyed a highly successful festival run as well garnering Audience Award at Indie Street Film Festival and Best Screenplay at the International Hollywood Short Film Festival and selections including Cinequest, Santa Barbara International Film Festival and many others. He is passionate about telling stories from unexpected and lesser seen perspectives, especially surrounding LGBTQIA+ characters and issues of mental health.
WHY THEY MADE THE FILM
“Often times when mental health is approached in film and TV, it’s with a heavy hand and melodramatic approaches. Even when looked at from a comedic lens, the strokes feel broad or sarcastic. We created this film to combat that narrative surrounding depression and suicidal thoughts. Experiencing these intense moments in life doesn’t fit neatly into one arena. Instead, real life is messy, quirky and even in its darkest moments, still kind of funny. We hoped to find a way to convey that idea through a specific story of two people just trying to make their way through a day and in doing so related our own struggles with depression through their voices without stigma or pretense.“
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