Private Project

The Plumber

In this adventure/suspense take, inspired by Irena Sendler and her network: As curfew approaches, an everyday heroine risks it all in a smuggling operation from Nazi-occupied Poland.

  • Cate Carson
    Director
    Lionsgate Storytellers: "Masque", "Of Mine", HBO's Project Greenlight "Whiskey Boys"
  • Cate Carson
    Writer
  • J. Everley
    Producer
    Lionsgate Storytellers: "Masque", "Of Mine", HBO's Project Greenlight "Whiskey Boys"
  • Christine Celozzi
    Key Cast
    "Irena"
  • Hunter Jackson-Brier
    Key Cast
    "Nazi Pilot"
  • Eddie Troy
    Key Cast
    "Nazi Soldier"
  • Alex Yiakoumatos
    Key Cast
    "Street Seller"
  • Niko the dog
    Key Cast
    "Irena's Best Friend"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Adventure, Suspense, Period
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 28, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Blackmagic Collective Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 14, 2020
    World Premiere
    Grand Jury Winner
  • Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
    Dubuque, IA
    United States
    April 23, 2021
    Iowa Premiere
    Nominated Best Short Film
  • Oakville Film Festival
    Ontario
    Canada
    June 26, 2021
    Canadian Premiere
    Won, Best International Short Film
  • Stage 32 6th Annual Short Film Contest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 30, 2021
    Short Film Program to come
    Winner, Best Short Film
Director Biography - Cate Carson

Cate is a writer/director with award-winning feature screenplays and short films, including the national wildcard-winning Lionsgate/WIF short "Masque,” which also earned her a directing award at the Crystal & Lucy’s. As a director selectee for the Alliance of Women Directors Short Film Program grant, “Of Mine” recently premiered at Disney Animation Studios. Her current film, "The Plumber" is on the fest circuit now, having won the grand jury award at its first screening. She is a fellow and the Future Directors of Studio Features Initiative Director at Blackmagic Collective for 2021. Previously, she served ten years as a decorated military police officer and instructor, and transitioned to Intelligence during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, with an additional six years spent as a civilian detective. This "spectrum of humanity" experience helped define her focus in adventure/suspense narrative films: with unconventional characters in extraordinary circumstances, and bold accompanying visuals. She has volunteered for Glass Elevator, Blackmagic Collective, and the Alliance of Women Directors, and is passionate about creating well-balanced, inclusive sets that enable crew members to gain experience and learn from others.

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Director Statement

Being able to make this film safely during Covid was a welcome challenge that allowed a very small group of us to take on this stylized period short film. And that is the message we're trying to deliver in a more hopeful tone: even one person can make a big difference - which I feel is reflective of the world we're seeing right now. Through all the hardship and obstacles to our humanity, every day heroes are making the world a better place. "The Plumber" is a story of the mouse vs. the mighty, focusing solely on the working class on both sides of the war. This is not to claim it as groundbreaking social justice fair, rather a little slice of life adventure inspired by real events both past and present.