Private Project

Gold Diggers

When an insecure young man dreams of becoming a millionaire in order to ask out beautiful women he gets the surprise of his life.

  • Sy Patnode
    Marry Me (short)
  • Sy Patnode
  • Sy Patnode
    Marry Me (short)
  • George: Andrew Kirkley
    Key Cast
    The Visitor(lead); Dream Sequence(Lead); Cruisin'(Lead)
  • Rick: Aleks Aouad
    Key Cast
    Soul Seekers(lead); We Were Kings(lead); Mr.Ok(Lead), Just Like that Time(lead)
  • Anna: Caitlin Norton
    Key Cast
    As The World Turns(recurring); The Americans(co star); All My children(co star); Guilding Light (co star)
  • Samantha (Gold Digger#2): Calle Schuttera
    Key Cast
    Lost Angeles(series regular); Tyler (lead); Beach Bum Paradise(Series Regular)
  • Tara (GoldDigger#1): Ariel Myren
    Key Cast
    The Dream(Lead); The Arboretum(Lead); Simply Why (co host);)
  • George's Father: Read MacGuirtoise
    Key Cast
    The Visit(lead); Car Science(co star); 1000 Ways to Die(Guest Star);
  • George's Mother: Lori Jaeger
    Key Cast
  • Stephen Barrington: Ryan Campbell
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Romantic
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 6, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:

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    Winner Award of Recognition: Women Filmmakers (Student)
Director Biography - Sy Patnode

Bio for Sy Patnode (2018)

Sy Patnode is originally from Ohio where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Akron. She also attended USD in San Diego as a xfer student where she fell in love with CA. Upon graduation she and her sister moved to Los Angeles, CA.

When Sy was laid off prior to 911 she followed her dream of acting and trained at both the Stella Adler Academy of Acting (2001-2003) and The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Los Angeles(2000). Her TV credits include parts on “General Hospital” & “Days of our Lives”. Sy attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA (2005) for vocal and music theory training along with private coaching. She worked for several music labels, stints as a band manager and singer(s) in cover bands followed.
While music is important film has always been her first love and with her background in business graduated with a Certificate in Producing from NYFA with a 4.0 gpa. While a student she trained and worked on several films producing, directing, and screenwriting. She wrote, produced and directed the short “Gold Diggers” which was accepted into several film festivals, winning the “Best Shorts Competition, Award of Recognition, Women Filmmakers (Student)” in Mar 2016, “The Award of Merit” at the Canadian Short Film Festival and screened at The Marche Du Film in Cannes, France. In addition the "Gold Digger's" screenplay won “Best Short Screenplay” Awards (2) and a Semi-Finalist award (1). In 2016 attended Second City TV for Acting Improv and in the Writing program (Hollywood, CA) where she developed TV sitcom spec scripts and a TV pilot for "Gold Diggers". In 2017-2018 Sy returned to acting and music. She is currently a singer for the band “Rocktribe” performing cover songs from the 80s and 90s and can be seen as “The Baroness” in the Opera musical play “Candide” at the Conejo Players Theater in March/April 2018 in Los Angeles. She can be reached at

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Director Statement

Working in film has to be the most nerve-wracking while at the same time rewarding experience to date. Unless you include marriage and managing a band!