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THE PURSE: A DREAM IN TWO ACTS Award Winner (2020)

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In this award-winning surreal film, siblings Jackie and Jill clash after Jackie escapes from prison. Worried that he will be pursued by the jurisdictators, Jackie has disguised himself in Jill's clothes. Armed with a purse, Jackie is ready to set out into the forest to dig up their buried loot the moment his sister arrives, but Jill isn't playing ball. Aided by the voice in his head, Jackie must question Jill to uncover the truth.

Meanwhile, Tom P. Bellbottoms, Esq., shoots a documentary about Selby O'Nolan, the eccentric inventor of the purse, exposing information about its long-forgotten nefarious roots.

Director's Bio:

Emily Woodworth grew up in Sisters, Oregon, where she developed a love for nature, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and the psychological pathologies that permeate small towns. She holds an MFA in Writing (emphasis in Image+Text) from CalArts, where she attended on a Lillian Disney Scholarship. Emily’s work in filmmaking began when she and her brother, Nathan, hijacked the family camera to shoot parodies of their favorite films, but has grown into a passion concurrent with her love of writing and critical theory. In 2014, she and Nathan created the sketch-comedy series, "The Barista Times." THE PURSE: A DREAM IN TWO ACTS is Emily’s directorial debut.

  • Runtime
    14 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    World Premiere
  • Rating
    "PG" equivalent for thematic elements
  • Director
    Emily Woodworth
  • Screenwriter
    Emily Woodworth, Nathan Woodworth
  • Producer
    Emily Woodworth, Nathan Woodworth
  • Executive Producer
    Fred Woodworth, Lisa Woodworth
  • Cast
    Nathan Woodworth, Emily Woodworth, Wayne Newcome, Spencer Bordonaro, David Novotny
  • Editor
    Brian Stefano Lee
  • Sound Design
    Nathan Woodworth