SPARE PARTSDirected by Emily Kaplan
Cast: Emily Kaplan, Samantha Levitt
- Drama, Female Filmmaker, Western
- 18 mins
- New York premiere
A woman speeds from brief encounter to brief encounter, pocketing what spare change, electronics, jewelry, etc. she can before moving on to the next hit.
In a dingy bar, she picks up a drunk, unstable seeming woman. Later, in her latest ‘victim’s’ motel room, a surprising moment of intimacy gets in the way of business of usual…but not for long.
Emily Kaplan began her career in independent cinema in 2010 as an Art PA, and later as a Set Decorator and Art Director. In 2012 she enrolled in the William Esper studio Meisner Technique Acting Conservatory to deepen her skills in narrative storytelling both as an actor and as a filmmaker. Throughout the program Emily worked at Jigsaw Productions as the Executive Assistant to Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Darkside). Upon completion of her training Emily began producing staged readings and full-scale productions for the stage (Ars Nova, Theatre Row). In addition to her first short film, SPARE PARTS (director, co-writer, actor) she is currently seeking production partnerships for her first feature script, THE BLISS PROJECT.
In addition to her work in film and theatre, Emily is also a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist. She holds a BFA in studio art and philosophy from Skidmore College, and her past and current clients include Vogue, Google, Funny or Die, Comedy Central, Casper Mattress, and many start-ups. She has resided in New York City for almost ten years, grew up in Boston, MA, and spent several years living in Paris, France. She is bilingual in French and English.
FIRST TIME FILMMAKER AWARD
Stories of cultural identity, a subcultural legend, meaningful and surprising connection with others, and personal sacrifice comprise the eight short films in the Nitehawk Shorts Festival MATINEE TWO program.