HER PLACE is a short film from producers Kathryn Parks and Elise Rodriguez, directed by Kathryn Parks with assistant direction from Elise Rodriguez and director of photography, Mark Palmer.
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A 1950s housewife awakens to a future far removed from mid-century nostalgia.
Directed by Kathryn Parks
Assistant Directed by Elise Rodriguez
Written by Kathryn Parks
Produced by Kathryn Parks and Elise Rodriguez
Starring Kathryn Parks, Elise Rodriguez, and Casey Murphy
Running time 5:12
Aspect ratio 1.90:1, 4K
Shooting format Digital- Sony F5
Sound AAC 48khz stereo LR
We are so excited to be launching HER PLACE into film festivals across the nation. COVID-19 has put many festivals plans on hold so check back here for frequent updates.
Upcoming appearances include:
WORLD PREMIERE – First-ever virtual Sarasota Film Festival: April 27-May 3rd. Tickets and information: SarasotaFilmFestival.com
Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival: Dates TBD
Sunscreen Film Festival: Dates TBD
Saints and Sinners Film Festival, Orlando, FL: Dates TBD
Foreman Empire Productions Film Festival (Atlanta): March 2021
Spoilers ahead: “Her Place” touches on many important issues while leaving ideas to be sorted out by the viewer. I wanted to address how far women have come since the 1950s when there were a great deal of expectations to be the perfect wife/woman/mother. While we have progressed in many ways, it’s also easy to look back at that time with nostalgia as we question other definitions of progress within society as a whole. School shootings have become all too commonplace. I wanted to pivot the conversation (which is typically presented from the male’s point of view within the media) to the female perspective. I also felt it necessary to draw attention to the experience of first responders in our modern-day world. Rarely is the trauma to first-responders even mentioned in gun control debates as a reason to push legislation. Ultimately, “Her Place” brings a female voice into the discussion and aims to redefine traditional roles in society and in the home.
Awards and recognitions
We were so honored to be awarded with a series of recognitions in April 2020 from the Foreman Empire Productions Film Festival:
Best of Festival, Best Short Picture, Best Drama Picture, Best LGBTQ Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Kathryn Parks), Best 1st-time Director (Kathryn Parks), Best 1st-time Producer (Elise Rodriguez), Best Cinematography (Mark Palmer), Best Editing (Kathryn Parks), Best Production Design, Best Hair and Makeup, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Original Short Screenplay, Best Motion Picture Photography, Best Poster
“Your film shows the kind of thinking women still have to overcome in this country to advance in the workplace as writers, directors, cops and to be able to marry who they love. Your juxtaposition of this kind of thinking with a couple’s daily reality is brilliant. I’m so excited we’ll get to showcase it!”
Rodney Piatt, Sarasota Film Festival Programming Assistant
“One of the best short films in years! A perfect 10/10”
Shreco Bakari, Foreman Empire Productions International Film Festival
BTS Umbrella House photos by Jamie Lee Butrum (Goddess Imagery).
BTS school photos by Connie Cuadrado.
One of the inspirations behind HER PLACE was The Umbrella House in Sarasota, Florida, an iconic work of the Sarasota School of Architecture designed by architect Paul Rudolph and built in 1953. Architectural Digest has described the Umbrella House as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”. The film also showcases a rendering of the Umbrella House by Sarasota’s own renowned illustrator John Pirman.
Key Cast and Crew
Kathryn Parks | Director, 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, musical improv and cabarets. Kathryn first short, 50 WORDS, was named “Best Florida Film” by the Bonita Springs International Film Festival. HER PLACE marks Kathryn’s directorial debut. kathrynparks.com
Elise Rodriguez | Assistant Director, Producer, Actor
Elise Rodriguez is a Cuban-American performer, teaching artist, and creative professional. After transitioning out of a legal career, she decided to pursue the creative arts full-time and never looked back. Elise is currently on the Mainstage & touring improv casts at Florida Studio Theatre where she hosts, performs, coaches, and teaches improv. She also performs with Treble in Paradise, FST’s musical improv cast; and in Monolise: a friend-ly monoscene with Elise. Elise is fluent in Spanish and has performed and taught improv internationally for latinx performers and audiences.
Mark Palmer | 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
Casey Murphy | Actor
Casey moved from New York City to Sarasota three years ago. As an actor, he has worked on stage both regionally and in New York. Select theatres at which he has appeared include: Urbanite Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Theatre Odyssey, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Bigfork Summer Playhouse, Cohoes Music Hall, and Michigan Shakespeare Festival. Casey is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan.
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”. Learn more: bobbybrader.com
Cast and crew