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A driven ,self absorbed career woman faces ultimate questions about the meaning of life in this satiric short written by John Andrew Gallagher and directed by Debra Markowitz. Starring Linda Collins and Brooke Turner.

  • Debra Markowitz
    The Waiting Room, The Only Woman in the World
  • John Andrew Gallagher
    Blue Moon, The Deli, Sarah Q.
  • Linda Collins
    Perception, Three For the Road, Mary Jane's Tribulations
  • Linda Collins
    Key Cast
    Perception, Three for the Road, My Dinner With Schwarzy
  • Brooke Turner
    Key Cast
    Dead of Winter, Pamela
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Satire, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Debra Markowitz

Debra Markowitz is an award-winning writer and director who has won awards worldwide. She is currently in post production on the feature film, The Only Woman in the World, and the series, Couple of Guys.
Debra teaches actors’ workshops as both director and casting director at the New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts. She has been a judge on the LaGuardia Arts panel for potential incoming drama students as well as for the Locust Valley High School Student Film Festival.
Ms. Markowitz created and served as the Director of the Nassau County Film Office. In this capacity, Ms. Markowitz presided over the Nassau County Film Commission, now known as the Nassau County Film Advisory Board and chaired as its Executive Director. Serving four administrations during her 33-year tenure, Ms. Markowitz had steadily increased production of movies, television programs and commercials that were shot in Nassau County, logging over 1,000 production days and over $150M in positive economic impact per year. She began when studios were a dream, and left with three-fully functioning NYS approved soundstages and a forth on the way.
Ms. Markowitz serves as Vice President of the Long Island Film-TV Foundation, Long Island’s most established and largest not-for-profit agency dedicated to the support and promotion of independent filmmaking. Under her directorship, the Foundation spawned the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE). Heading into its 24th year, LIIFE enjoys enormous popularity, attracting short and feature-length independent films from around the world, spotlighting films made on Long Island and concluding with a star-studded award celebration.

Debra is a past recipient of the Town of Hempstead’s Woman of Distinction Award. Ms. Markowitz is a proud member of New York Women in Film & Television and Women in Film, Debra was on the LaGuardia Performing Arts High School Drama and Technical Theater Advisory Board (the FAME high school) and currently serves on the CTE Board of LIHSA (the Long Island High School for the Arts Technical and Advisory Board) and Five Towns College. She is a former member of the Discover Long Island Tourism Board and a member of the Westfield International Film Festival.
Debra Markowitz is a freelance writer and novelist, having written the Karmic Wind trilogy: Naked in the Rain, Sarah and Caleb, and Karmic Wind.
Ms. Markowitz’s name can be found on the Long Island Press’ Power List, 50 Long Islanders Who Control Our Lives (2006 and 2012); Beverly Fortune’s, Fortune 52 (2006); as the recipient of the prestigious George M. Estabrook Alumni Award for Distinguished Service (Hofstra University, 2011) and the 2012 Long Island Arts Council honoree as its Outstanding Advocate for the Arts.

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Director Statement

I had the honor of winning a Best Director Award alongside John Andrew Gallagher at a film festival several years ago. When I was asked, after John's untimely death, to direct one of his last scripts, I didn't hesitate. A few friends got together, safely, during Covid, and filmed this in one day with a skeleton crew. This one is for John A. Gallagher. A much loved director, film historian and friend.