Little Jar

Ainsley is a misanthrope who hates people but when she suddenly finds herself in isolation with no one to talk to, she realizes how much she actually misses connection. Enter Ulysses, a dead mouse in a jar. With a little bit of loneliness, a pinch of imagination, and a mouse-sized tuxedo, Ulysses becomes her training wheels in this newly discovered world of friendship.

  • Dominic López
    Director
  • Dominic López
    Writer
  • Kelsey Gunn
    Writer
    Assisting Navarro, Dude Bro Party Massacre 3, Community, 5 Second Films
  • Kelsey Gunn
    Producer
    Assisting Navarro, Dude Bro Party Massacre 3, Community, 5 Second Films
  • Tomm Jacobsen
    Producer
    Dude Bro Party Massacre 3, 5 Second Films
  • Michael Rousselet
    Producer
    Creepshow, Dude Bro Party Massacre 3, 5 Second Films
  • Dominic López
    Producer
    Grey Rabbit Films
  • Nicholas Anthony Reid
    Producer
    Grey Rabbit Films
  • Kelsey Gunn
    Key Cast
    "Ainsley"
    Assisting Navarro, Dude Bro Party Massacre 3, Community, 5 Second Films
  • Nicholas Anthony Reid
    Key Cast
    "Marvin"
    Dear White People, Only, Rosewood, Famous in Love
  • Jon Snow
    Key Cast
    "Emre"
    MacGruber, All Rise, Good Girls, The Rookie, 26 Weeks
  • Anthony Ma
    Key Cast
    "Wayne"
    Scandal, S.W.A.T, Dear White People
  • Jennifer DeFilippo
    Key Cast
    "Tammy"
    Mr. Mayor, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Modern Family, Diary of a Future President
  • Doug Hurley
    Key Cast
    "Gary"
    Brookly Nine-Nine, Lucifer, Perry Mason
  • Michael Rousselet
    Key Cast
    "Neighbor"
    Creepshow, Dude Bro Party Massacre 3, 5 Second Films
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Comedy-Drama, Magical-Realism
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 21, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Austin Film Festival
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    October 28, 2022
    World Premiere
    Narrative Feature Jury Award Nominee/ Official Selection
  • Lone Star Film Festival
    Fort Worth, Texas
    United States
    November 10, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Whistler Film Festival
    Whistler
    Canada
    December 2, 2022
    Canadian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Paris International Film Festival
    Paris
    France
    February 11, 2023
    European Premiere
    Grand Jury Prize Winner Best Feature Film, Winner Best Director, Winner Best Screenplay, Winner Best Actor
Distribution Information
  • Good Deed Entertainment
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Dominic López

Growing up as the only child of three kids, Dominic López escaped to his imagination when he realized he couldn’t throw a football for sh*t. This escape cultivated his love and passion for storytelling and filmmaking. Later in life when he was supposed to go to medical school, he pulled a fast one on his parents when instead he majored in the most liberal arts of them all – the theatre. Always a camera in his hand, he married his love for filming things with his classmates’ needs for over the top acting and found his true
calling - making movies.

He regularly works as a cinematographer for film (The Last Deal, Brothers from Malta, Bigfoot Famous), television, and commercials. Little Jar marks his directorial debut.

His future looks so bright he’ll probably wear shades, and he’ll probably wear them at night because the sun never sets on cool. Also, he takes nothing seriously except for everything filmmaking but that’s only because he really loves making movies.

And he totally didn’t write this bio himself.

Totally…

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Director Statement

When lockdown began at the beginning of 2020, we all found ourselves facing the unknown. My full calendar of freelance work as a cinematographer was suddenly open and empty. I was desperate for connection and financially strained and I knew it wouldn’t be over soon. However, as a perpetual optimist, I looked on the bright side and realized that what I had actually been given was an enormous amount of free time; time to do whatever I wanted.

As a respite from the chaos and uncertainty, I began writing a movie. It started as a shower thought. A random image that popped into my head. Initially, it was just something to do; something to keep a sense of normalcy. Well with the help of my filmmaking partner and live-in girlfriend, Kelsey Gunn, six months and many drafts later we found ourselves with a full fledged feature length script. Since there wasn’t even an inkling of when the lockdown would end, we decided to actually make this film. We rented a friend’s cabin in Lake Arrowhead, CA, called in every favor we had, and began production in late September of 2020.

With only a 5 person crew (present company included), we locked ourselves away for two weeks and took on the seemingly impossible task of making our one location lockdown movie. We were spread thin, wore all the hats and funded this film with pennies from our unemployed pockets simply because we love movies and wanted to tell this story.

In the end, what we had was nothing short of amazing. A movie that was filled with laughter and joy, sadness and loneliness, happiness and hope. It was the movie we needed to make during those historic times. It was how we were going to make it through all the dread and dismay.

The last few years have been the hardest and yet somehow the most fulfilling of my life. I am so proud of this little movie and of the efforts of so many hardworking and talented people. This movie means the world to us and I hope you love it as much as we do.