We’re excited to announce that “50 Words” had it’s world premiere at the 2018 Sarasota Film Festival! Part of the Shorts 11: Florida Showcase, the film played to packed theaters on April 15th and April 21st. Thank you to everyone who attended and check out our Facebook page for pictures from the screening and festival! Learn more at SarasotaFilmFestival.com.
Our next screening will be at the Saints and Sinners Film Festival in Orlando on May 27th at 11am. The screening is part of the MegaCon Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center where over 100,000 people attend for the ultimate fan experience. 50 Words will play with the “Saints Shorts Block” in room W309A.
50 Words is a short film from producer, writer, and actor, Kathryn Parks, and directed by Mark Palmer. Discover more information on the romantic comedy below including specifications, synopsis, the film’s story, cast, crew, and press highlights.
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Directed by Mark Palmer
Written by Kathryn Parks
Produced by Kathryn Parks
Co-Produced by Jamie Lee Butrum
Starring Kathryn Parks, Charles Logan, Craig Weiskerger
Running time 28:56
Aspect ratio 1.90:1, 2K DCI
Shooting format Digital- Sony F5
Sound AAC 48khz stereo LR
A newly-single actress desperate for ways to meet men rewrites her bio in the theater program as a personal ad and suddenly finds herself swamped with admirers.
After catching her boyfriend and co-star cheating on her, theatrical leading lady Lilly Green writes her 50-word actor bio in the program as a personal ad, seeking her perfect match from the audience each night. Once her literary stunt goes viral, she’s faced with many new admirers, including the one she’s secretly been pining for. But as the flowers, chocolates, and coffee dates begin to mount, she learns that sometimes the road to love begins with taking one good, long look in the mirror.
Sitting in the movie theater watching shorts in her home town got Kathryn Parks’ creative juices flowing. Writer, producer, and star of 50 Words, Kathryn was born to performing parents and grew up in the Sarasota, Florida theater scene. A small city filled with an array of culture and talented amateur and professional artists, she felt that if given the opportunity, they could compete on a much larger stage. So, she wrote her first screenplay, a short romantic comedy inspired by her musical upbringing, her theatrical experiences as a leading lady, the artistic community and the local dating scene (or lack thereof). She crafted a story where the lead actress of a show writes her bio in the program as a personal ad, seeking her perfect match from the audience each night.
She then partnered with friend, colleague, and director Mark Palmer. Mark’s video production company is known for high quality corporate videos and commercials but he was ready to take on a more original, creative project. Kathryn also realized she needed an artistic jack-of-all-trades who knew the scene and how to get things done, so she brought on producer Jamie Lee Butrum and the three of them got to work.
Faced with full-time jobs, actual paying clients, rehearsal schedules, zero funding, toddlers, teenagers, and a pregnancy, Kathryn, Mark and Jamie starting pulling together the cast and crew – many of whom had no experience in front of or behind the camera. 13 shoot days, 35 actors, 20 crew members, 65 extras, a crowd funding campaign, countless kind gestures, and 18 months later, the team accomplished what they’d set out to do.
The resulting film shines the spotlight on the Florida cultural scene while proving that you don’t need a full purse or Hollywood credits to “put on a show” silver screen-style.
“50 Words” is a story of self-discovery and one’s own sometimes oblivious journey through life’s clues of love.
I read the script and knew I wanted to tell this story. Filming would add that layer that cannot be written in words. So much of relationships deal with how our body language is interpreted. Sometimes subtle clues go unnoticed by people in love. Then sometimes, people searching for love can overlook the smallest clue from a person who might genuinely care for them. I wanted this whole other story that is woven through the pages to be seen visually. As we watch the characters, we see when they are childish, awkward, and even reprehensible. As we follow the heroine’s sometimes oblivious journey to find love, 50 Words ironically becomes all about the unspoken.
Key Cast & Crew Bios
Kathryn Parks | Writer, Producer, Lead Actor
Kathryn was born to performing parents and graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts from University of Miami. On Florida stages, she’s performed professionally in shows, concerts, and cabarets. On camera, she’s appeared in The Glades and Killroy Was Here, a new short from Kevin Smith. Kathryn has produced hundreds of videos for a real estate brokerage but 50 Words is her first screenplay and short film. kathrynparks.com
Mark Palmer | Director, Director of Photography
Mark is an award-winning photographer, cinematographer, director and producer who has been working behind the camera for more than fourteen years. With his own production company based in Sarasota, Florida, MarsVision Productions, credits include various regional corporate projects as well as grand prize winner in Viral Film Project, “Best Story Award” for Devotion in 48-Hour Guerrilla Film Challenge and award-winning PBS documentary series, Diamonds Along the Highway. marsvisionproductions.com
Jamie Lee Butrum | Co-Producer, Production Designer
Jamie holds an AA in Theatre Arts and a BA in English. She has worked on and off stage in the Sarasota theatre scene for 20 years. A true Jill-of-all-trades, she is experienced with all the technical elements of theatre as well as having a diverse background in acting and cabaret performance. 50 Words has been a unique and gratifying first experience in filmmaking.
Joey Durango | Editor
Joey is a director, cinematographer, editor, and independent filmmaker. His portfolio ranges from short films to music videos and has worked with the bands Boyce Avenue, Markari, Dyne Side, and Speech Patterns.
Bobby Brader | Composer
LA-based musician Bobby Brader has been an Orchestrator on big films such as “Trolls” and “The LEGO Ninjago Movie.” Music Preparation credits include Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” and the original “American Idol” TV show. Bobby has composed music for many short films and two feature-length films, “Dead List” and “Wild Boar,” which will be released in early 2018. He’d like to dedicate the score for “50 Words” to his many friends and supporters in the Sarasota theatre community. Learn more: bobbybrader.com
Charles Logan | Lead Actor
Charles Logan has spent most of his life on stage; from local theaters to Radio City and Lincoln Center, and everything in between. He has also been seen on the small screen in a few commercials as well as on The Rachel Ray Show and Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars. Now he is so very grateful to Kathryn and Mark and the entire 50 words team for his first time playing the big screen.
Craig Weiskerger | Lead Actor
Craig Weiskerger, a Sarasota resident, is a connoisseur of both visual and performing arts. He is a graduate of Ringling College of Art & Design, where he earned a BFA in illustration. In addition to his work as an illustrator, he is an actor and singer who has performed on many professional and community stages throughout the state of Florida.
Most Recent Press Appearances:
WSLR Radio Interview: Kathryn interviewed with the Coffee and Donuts show
Sarasota Underground: Go between the scenes with the stars of Sarasota’s very own 50 Words
WSRQ Radio: Jamie and Kathryn appeared on The Mezz on WSRQ Radio with Brian Hersh on 106.9 FM
Sarasota Observer: Zooming in on local filmmakers at the 2018 Sarasota Film Festival
Sarasota Herald Tribune: Behind-the-scenes: Homegrown Short 50 Words Gets a Film Festival Debut
Suncoast View: Writer, Actress & Producer Kathryn Parks Talks Making “50 Words”
At the Movies with Gus Mollasis: The Best of Kathryn Parks
Radio Interview: The Lynne Show with Kathryn Parks
Community Grind with the Clever Cup
Late Nite Orlando Talk Show: Why Not Tonight
Sarasota Magazine: Behind the Scenes of 50 Words, a New All-Local Short Film
Sarasota Herald Tribune: Behind the Scenes: Film debut reveals some lessons
Key Cast & Crew