Director: Tessa Blake
Producers: Catherine Dent & Grace Santos
Writers: Tessa Blake & Ian Williams
Cinematographer: Jim Jost
Editor: Cristina Rackoff
Production Designer: Shamim Seifzadeh
Synopsis: Starring Peri Gilpin (Frasier) and comedian Jake Johannsen, Election Night follows a politician’s family in Maine as they wait for the final 350 votes to come in on election eve - will the speech be a celebration or a concession? Trapped in a kitchen and waiting for the ferry to arrive with the last ballots, nerves rattle the family into a comic whirlwind of wild theories, long-held secrets, and a revelation that nobody saw coming.
October 25, 2:30 pm
Web Site: www.electionnightfilm.com
Tessa Blake (Writer / Director): Tessa Blake is an award-winning writer and director. Her films have premiered at SXSW, won the Nantucket Film Festival, been honored by the Academy, been released theatrically, and have played on Showtime, PBS and ShortsHD. She and her husband, Ian Williams, are a writing team for film and television and have enjoyed script deals with ABC, NBC, FOX and Warner Brothers. Currently, Tessa is a 2014 American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women fellow.
Ian Williams (Writer): Though Ian Williams now writes for TV and movies in Los Angeles, his career began with a bestselling non-fiction book ("13th-GEN"), cover stories for The Washington Post Magazine, and articles in The New York Times and Newsweek. He has shared the sofa on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and his play "K,X,Z and V" is performed nationwide. Ian's band will release its first album this year, including a song featured in ELECTION NIGHT.
Catherine Dent (Producer): Best known as an actress, Catherine portrayed Danni Sofer on the acclaimed FX series THE SHIELD for six seasons. From co-starring in films as diverse as 21 GRAMS, AUTO FOCUS and THE MAJESTIC, she recently look her vast experience to the other side of the camera, directing SILK for the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. She can be seen this season on FOX TV's, GANG RELATED and is currently in production on the AMC pilot GALYNTINE.
Grace Santos (Producer): Grace Santos Feeney is an award-winning actor, producer and lawyer. Having produced SILK together - starring Oscar-nominated Shohreh Agadashloo - Catherine and Grace teamed up again on ELECTION NIGHT. A teaching assistant for the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television’s Professional Programs in Producing and in Television, Grace studied Theatre Arts, Religious Studies, and Law at the University of Miami and Flinders University of South Australia.
Jim Jost (Cinematographer): With over 15 years experience as camera operator and assistant, Jim's credits include “Hawaii 5-0,” “Numb3rs,” and "The Bunglers." He was Cinematographer on Leave Keys in Car, winner of an Award of Excellence at the Best Shorts Fest. Jim wrote, directed and shot “Kenobi Cube,” a short film honored in Honolulu’s “Showdown in Chinatown.” He followed "Kenobi" with two more shorts "Square One" and "Full Circle" to complete his trilogy.
Cristina Rackoff (Editor): Cristina Rackoff is a film and video editor at the boutique post-production facility, Big Sky Editorial, located in New York City. Clients include American Frozen Foods Institute (AFFI), CoverGirl, Clairol, Cigna, Ford, Garnier, Gerber, Post Cereal and MasterCard. Rackoff was nominated for Best Editing at the 2013 HPA Awards for Lena Dunham's "My First Time" Obama For America campaign video. She earned her B.F.A at the School of Visual Arts, while simultaneously working for Apple Computer.
Shamim Seifzadeh (Production Designer): Shamim Seifzadeh was born in United States and spent her childhood in Iran. In 2012, she received her MFA in Production Design from the American Film Institute. Dirty Laundry – her thesis film – won the DGA award for Best Student Short and was a finalist for the Student Academy Award. Silk, directed by Catherine Dent, has enjoyed a tremendous success at festivals around the world. This fall, Shamim was invited to join the Art Directors Guild.