SELECTED FILM AND TELEVISION PROJECTS
EMMA WITHOUT EDMUND
14 min 35 sec • Comedy/Magic Realism
Director/Writer: Nicolas Minas, Cinematographer: Shih-Chieh Wei, Editor: Lily Kleinman, Producer: Elizabeth Balla
A comedy about a widow who embarks on a mission to bring her husband back from the dead so that she can punish him for cheating on her. Emma (Lynn Cohen), a solitary widow in her 80’s, finds old polaroids of her husband, Edmund, in bed with another woman. She vacuums up his ashes and uses the vacuum cleaner as a proxy for him as she interrogates, punishes, and tries to resurrect him. When Emma finally confronts her own jealousy and sadness, she begins to see how she can learn to live her life as Emma without Edmund.
THE MIRACLE TWERKER
14 min 46 sec • Comedy/Adventure/Fantasy
Director/Writer: Nicolas Minas, Cinematographer: Richard Cohen, Editor: Lily Kleinman, Producer: Kat Roman
A comedy with dance about Carla (Briana Reed), a stripper who discovers she has the power to resurrect the dead. When news of her powers hits the news, the zealots at the local evangelistic church try to stop her by any means possible. When she is visited by Rahab (Ching Valdes-Aran), the harlot/spy from biblical times, she is forced to choose between her life at the club and a life as a superhero.
ALL THE KINGS HORSES
2 min 4 sec • Absurdist Comedy
Director/Writer: Nicolas Minas, Cinematographer: Jadzia Erskine
An absurdist comedy about a man who is compelled to examine the mysteries of life, death, and a higher power when eggs suddenly start falling from above.
2 min 7 sec • Experimental/Beauty
Director/Writer: Nicolas Minas, Cinematographer: Shih-Chieh Wei
A woman puts on makeup in the midst of a battle. An experiment in dissonance between sound and picture.
HALF LIFE Written and Created by Patty Carey
Single Camera • Half Hour Comedy
Director (eps 101,1 02): Nicolas Minas, Cinematographer: Kristen Meloche, Producer: Jamie Zelermeyer, Elizabeth Balla
After stepping back to raise her kids Patty (Larisa Oleynik) struggles to get ahead while balancing the demands of family life, her day job in film production, and her dream of becoming a screenwriter. Half Life was chosen to be produced as part of the New York City Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment's screenwriting competition.