Holding Pattern

A flight attendant survives a plane crash and struggles to find a way to cope.

  • JC Farris
  • Matthew Mickelsen & JC Farris
  • JC Farris & Simon Mounsey
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    5 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 13, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    400 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - JC Farris

JC Farris is an award-winng independent writer, filmmaker and overall artistic enthusiast. She received her undergrad degree in Cinema from Southern Illinois University studying Screenwriting and Film Production. After moving to the great city of Chicago she’s continued her studies with acting, improvisation and comedy writing. She has written dozens of short screenplays and a handful of features. As well as produced and directed several short films. She looks forward to all the creative adventures yet to come!

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Director Statement

This film was made for the 2017 Four Points Film Project. Our team had 77 hours to write, shoot & edit a complete short film.

We had to include the following prompts:
Genre: Film de Femme (essentially a strong female lead)
Character: Marilyn Dunn, Flight Attendant
Line of dialogue: Nothing good can come of that.
Prop: crayon

When we sat down to write the film I was very excited at the prospect of a strong female lead & what that meant. I wanted to ensure it wasn't a storyline about domestic violence, sexual assault or a revenge film about a woman wronged & ends up killing someone. Not that these types of films don't have their place in cinema, but they are consistently a representation of what people think when they think a strong female character, but there is so much more to women than that. I liked the idea of a woman who had gone through a horrific, traumatic event & her way of coping with this is to use comedy. I was blessed to have amazing actresses to work with who got the narrative we were trying to tell. It was a great experience for me & I'm very proud of my cast & crew!