Queer Fish in God's Waiting Room

Two Brothers.
One Landlady.
Zero Common Sense.

Based on Lee Henshaw’s bestselling novel Queer Fish in God’s Waiting Room. Adrian Pasdar’s comedic romp follows two young brothers on holiday from London, England to Coney Island, New York, where they meet up with a kooky landlady who runs a low rent B&B that is more Alice-in-Wonderland than just a place to rest your head. Shot by legendary cinematographer Barry Markowitz, this 11 minute short film stars Jesse Spencer, Jackson George, and Amanda Righetti.

  • Adrian Pasdar
    Carlito's Way, Hero's, Top Gun, Near Dark
  • Adrian Pasdar
  • Lee Henshaw
    (story by)
  • Kristi Anderson Ornstein
    Just In Time, This is Jack, Ethnically Ambiguous,
  • Christopher Martini
    Trooper, Pasta Light, Just in Time,
  • Amanda Righette
    The Mentalist, Chicago PD, Captain America
  • Mark Lake
    Law & Order, High Fidelity, Person of Interest
  • Johnny Egan
    What the Night Can Do, Just In Time, Pasta Light, Gangs of New York
  • Jesse Spencer
    Key Cast
    Chicago Fire, House, Chicago P.D>
  • Amanda Righetti
    Key Cast
    The Mentalist, Chicago PD, Captain America
  • Jackson George
    Key Cast
    Just In Time, Freedom's Path, This is Jack
  • Barry Markowitz
    Sling Blade, Crazy Heart, LBJ, Wetlands, Paper Hearts
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  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 6, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Adrian Pasdar

Adrian Pasdar was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to Rosemarie Pasdar (née Sbresny), who owns a travel agency, and Homayoon Pasdar, a prominent heart surgeon. His father is Iranian and his mother, who was born in Germany, is of German, and some Polish, descent. At the age of 2, his father moved the family to Powelton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. In high school, he excelled at football, eventually leading to a football scholarship at the University of Florida in 1983. Football may have been a promising future, had it not been for a terrible accident during his freshman year that left his face scarred and his legs badly injured. A very driven Adrian finished his freshman year in a wheelchair, doing intensive physical therapy and turning his attention to campus stage productions and rediscovered a childhood interest in writing and acting. No longer able to play football, he dropped out of school and returned home, taking a job with a theater group "People's Light and Theatre Company". Here, he worked on sound, lighting and set construction. While constructing a set, he cut off the end of his left thumb. Adrian, having the ability to turn tragedy into triumph, used his medical compensation to pay for attendance at the famous Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. At the age of 19, he auditioned for a role in Top Gun (1986). Director Tony Scott was so impressed that he wrote the part of "Chipper" just for him. This led to bigger roles in Solarbabies (1986), Streets of Gold (1986), and Kathryn Bigelow's 1987 cult vampire movie Near Dark (1987), with Adrian in the lead role of "Caleb Colton". He also appeared in Vital Signs (1990). Adrian has always been an actor ahead of his time, opting for roles in independent and cable movies long before they were considered fashionable for feature actors to do. In 1992, feeling completely out-of-touch with reality, Adrian left Hollywood to return to New York. He worked as a cashier for room and board, while taking the occasional small part, such as "Frankie" in Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way (1993). Another major break came in 1995, when Adrian was cast as the title character on the short-lived Fox series Profit (1996). He continues to act in supporting roles and has now added directing to his already impressive body of work. He wrote and directed the short film Beyond Belief (1999) and also directed a feature film entitled Cement (2000).

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