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After a bored house cat mysteriously transforms into a human and escapes from his home, he comes between an estranged mother and daughter who need his help to find peace.

  • Jake Thomas
  • Jake Thomas
  • Erin Brown Thomas
  • Lex Quarterman
    Key Cast
    "The Cat"
  • Karla Droege
    Key Cast
    "The Mother"
    Big Fish, Pretty Little Liars
  • Jacquelyn Zook
    Key Cast
    "The Daughter"
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Animals
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 15 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Sidewalk Film Festival
    Birmingham, AL
    United States
    August 24, 2019
    Official Selection
  • NewFilmmakers Los Angeles
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 8, 2020
    Los Angeles Premiere
  • Sedona International Film Festival
    Sedona, Arizona
    United States
    February 25, 2020
    Southwest Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Sarasota Film Festival
    Sarasota, Florda
    United States
    April 27, 2020
    East Coast Premiere
    Nominee - Best Film, Independent Vision Award
  • Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    May 25, 2020
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Freestyle Digital Media
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
    Country: Canada
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Jake Thomas

Jake Thomas has been making movies since he was six years old, growing up in Northeast Ohio. Upon first moving to Los Angeles, Jake became a script reader for the former Falcon Theatre, rechristened the Garry Marshall Theater, named after the late owner and creator of HAPPY DAYS and director of PRETTY WOMAN. Since then, Jake has worked for Paramount Pictures, Digital Domain, Lakeshore Entertainment (MILLION DOLLAR BABY), and Warner Bros.

Jake’s previous writing credits include the award-winning western BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS, COLOR ME FULL, and the animated LEAVES. His award-winning short fantasy film ONE ON ONE screened during the SXSW film festival and was proclaimed by Krypton Radio as “the best short form Superman film we’ve ever seen.”

Jake's debut feature film SHEDDING premiered at the Sidewalk Film Festival in 2019. Filmed with a combination of actors and archival animal footage, it is the live-action fairy tale story of a house cat who mysteriously transforms into a human.

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Director Statement

SHEDDING centers on a house cat who gets to explore the outside world through the eyes of a human, and who helps a grieving family find peace. I made this film because I wanted to explore emotional longing. All creatures have appetites. We hunger for something. It may be as deep as wishing to see a missed loved one, or as simple as going outdoors, wishing to feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. The characters in SHEDDING all cope differently with their longing, but the shared experience bonds them together, despite such fantastic disparities.

Additionally, the film explores the positive effects that pets have on humans. They bring no agendas or distractions to relationships. Just by bringing their presence and undivided attention, the human soul is lifted.

Thank you for your consideration, and enjoy the show!