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Laundry Day

Lottery cards, a cat named Carl, and a whole lot of laundry. This film takes the audience on a journey of acceptance with an unlikely hero who doesn’t seem to care much about anyone or anything – until a chance meeting with a woman at a coffee shop reveals a hidden link that could change his life forever.

  • Erika Arlee
  • Erika Arlee
  • Matthew Peschio
    Key Cast
  • Kristi Ray
    Key Cast
  • Pauline Miles
    Key Cast
    "Ms Gloria"
  • Alice Atwater
    Key Cast
  • Troy Ten Eyck
  • Nick Andrews
    Post Sound Supervisor
  • Jesse Ray
  • Erika Arlee
    Executive Producer
  • Kristi Ray
    Associate Producer
  • Honey Head Films
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  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 17, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Cucalorus Film Festival
    United States
    November 15, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Horsetooth International Film Festival
Director Biography - Erika Arlee

Erika is an award-winning director, cinematographer and editor from Wilmington, North Carolina. After co-founding the female-centric film production company, Honey Head Films, in 2016, Erika began focusing on creating narrative content with a greater purpose. Through her subtle, character-driven writing, Erika explores the introspective nature of the self, issues of identity, and the connectivity of humanity.
Erika's work has screened at festivals nationwide, taking home accolades including Best Director (33North,77West - Writer/Director/Editor); Best Short Film (Interitum - Cinematographer/Editor); and Award of Commendation (Kenny - Director/Cinematographer/Editor).
Laundry Day is her third short film.

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Director Statement

Sonder (n) the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

– From The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Laundry Day explores the notion of sonder in an attempt to define the sensation of missed human connection. Throughout the film, our flawed protagonist, James, continuously proves his lack of self-worth to both the audience and himself. That is, until he meets Mary, a mysteriously forlorn woman waiting in line at a coffee shop. During their brief interaction, our perspective of James begins to shift. It is not until he arrives at the home of Ms. Gloria, a retired singer and James’ dearest companion, that we finally see the truth behind his seemingly selfish actions throughout the day: they were all for Gloria.