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Self, E

After receiving her very first iPhone in the mail as what appears to be a birthday gift for herself, Barbara tries to figure out how to record a selfie style video diary. The fancy technology is all new to her and understanding how to use it causes her to experience a tremendous amount of frustration but she perseveres and comes up with a hysterically innovative solution to make things a bit easier. After spending all day galavanting around recording every detail and tiny minutiae of her little life in her home she looses track of time. She then rushes to make herself up nicely and heads out to her garden for a very special and emotional final goodbye.

  • Jes Macallan
  • Jes Macallan
  • Jes Macallan
  • Nic Bishop
  • Teddy Vincent
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Dances With Films

    United States
    June 20, 2019
    California Premier
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Jes Macallan

Before her current series regular role in "DC's Legends of Tomorrow", which will begin filming season 5 this year, Jes starred for four seasons in ABC's hit drama series "Mistresses". She also starred in the pilot "Crash and Burn", executive produced by Tony Hawk and has guest-starred in numerous other series, including "Red Band Society", "NCIS: Los Angeles", "Grey's Anatomy", "Shameless", "Justified", and "The Protector".

Macallan has starred in multiple films such as the book adaptation of "An Uncommon Grace", family drama "The Mentor", science fiction thriller, "Thirst", romantic comedy Christmas film, "The Engagement Clause", and was one of the leads in an ensemble cast for the digital film series, "Relationship Status", Executive Produced by Milo Ventimiglia and StyleHaul, which screened in 2017 at the Tribeca Film Festival with critical accolades and a nationwide release on Verizon's new digital media platform Verizon Go90.

Macallan also wrote, produced, and directed the short film "SELF, E" which is being submitted to festivals this season. She also co-wrote the film "12 DAYS" with fellow actor and friend Jerry O'Connell, which is in negotiations to be sold, produced, and distributed by the Hallmark Channel.

Jes Macallan's interest in the arts began early. A classically trained dancer, she studied from the age of three for 20 years and still practices today. She later modeled in Miami, New York, and Milan while earning a bachelors degree in International Marketing from the University of Florida with a study abroad term at the prestigious Bocconi University in Milan. She then relocated to New York City for an intensive Meisner based graduate acting program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio.

She is an ambassador for the Best Friends Animal Society, and a heavy supporter and participator in the "Rally For Kids With Cancer" charity events to support pediatric cancer research, and the children and their families at SickKids Hospital in Toronto, Canada.

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Director Statement

I set out as a first time filmmaker (changing hats from actress to writer, producer, director) to create a piece that would not only center around a female actress... but center around an ELDERLY female actress. I wanted to write and share a story that isn't normally the narrative we see in the theater. So often a film's cast will consist of young attractive actors, in very contemporary situations, telling very contemporary stories. I set out to write and film a story from another generation's perspective while still hoping to entertain an audience of any age. I wanted everyone who watched the film to go on the journey and relate to the main character regardless of whether they were 12 or 70. I believe I achieved this in "Self, E" by having the other character in the story be "technology". I hope you enjoy the film and I bet you the price of admission you'll want to pick up the phone and call an elderly someone you love after watching it! Another fact to proudly note: 90% of the crew on "Self, E" were women... including roles that are normally male: Cam Op, Gaffer, sound mixer, Editor, Composer, post sound)