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The Inaugural MSC Film Series:

Shorts that you WATCH, not wear!


Turn the spotlights on - MSC films are heading to Times Square. This special event brings together an exciting lineup of creative, award-winning short works by MSC parent filmmakers. Come watch the films, stay for a Q and A with the filmmakers, and finish the night with some wine and cheese.


The event will include an Academy Award-nominated drama, a comedy starring MSC parent alum TV/film actor Doug E. Doug, a documentary from a four-time Emmy-winning producer, a comedy that screened at Sundance, and a short from veteran actor Sam Robards.


The Lineup:


“ONE DAY CROSSING" (25 min)

Directed by Joan Stein (5th grade parent)

“One Day Crossing” takes place in Budapest, Hungary, on October 15, 1944 when the Hungarian Nazi movement of the Arrow Cross takes power. Through the eyes of a woman and a boy who suddenly enters her life, the film chronicles the struggle to maintain identity and extend compassion in times of oppression and horror.

This Academy Award-nominated short has won over ten prizes including the Student Academy Award Gold Medal in 2000, the Grand Prize at the IFC National Student Film Competition, the Best Woman Student Filmmaker award from the Directors Guild of America, and the Best Director (Student Short) from the National Board of Review. Joan's directing credits includes "Law & Order" and the short "Solidarity." She is currently an Assistant Professor of Communications at Adelphi University.


“HOLD-UP” (7 min)

Co-written by and starring Cynthia Kaplan (2nd and 5th grade parent)

A robber looks to make off with more than money in this comedy about a corner store hold-up.

"Hold-up" screened at Sundance in 2006. It is directed by filmmaker and playwright Madeleine Olnek, who has created and staged over 20 comedies in NYC. Madeleine has had three award-winning shorts tour multiple festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, where her first feature, "Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same" appeared as part of the 2011 Park City at Midnight series. Cynthia is an actress and writer (and MSC mom). She is the author of two acclaimed collections of essays, "Why I'm Like This: True Stories" and "Leave the Building Quickly." She has performed in many of Madeleine's theater and film projects and costars in her newest film.


"JESUS COOKS ME BREAKFAST" (20 min)

Produced by Sam Robards (4th and 5th grade parent)

An unmotivated New Yorker gets a surprise visit from the son of God in this surreal comedy.

Sam’s credits include numerous Broadway and off Broadway appearances, films such as “American Beauty,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” and the upcoming "Homework," as well as many television appearances including recurring roles on "Spin City," "The West Wing" and “Gossip Girl.”


"WHAT THE F*CK DOUG E. DOUG" (16 min) **WATCH TRAILER**

Directed by Clayton Allis (4th grade parent); Director of Photography: Dominic Azoto (4th grade parent); Starring MSC parent alum Doug E. Doug, with MSC parent alum Lesleh Donaldson.

As the cameras roll, Doug E. Doug is pushed to the outer limits of reality in this epic misadventure. Told in the style of a multi-image, non-stop collage, "What the F*ck Doug E. Doug" serves up a mix of ever-changing perspectives and details stitched together to fill the screen. The visual tapestry echoes and enhances the absurd breakdown of Doug’s day as it escalating towards one final, heart-stopping moment.

This is an insider preview of “What the F*ck Doug E. Doug,” which will begin touring film festivals this year. The New York Daily News has called Clay’s work terrific and a perfect illustration of the future of moviemaking. His award-winning feature "Falling" is available on DVD. Dominic is a veteran D.P. whose work can be seen on TV almost everyday. Doug E. Doug is a veteran film and TV actor whose many credits include "Justified," "Shark Tale," "Eight Legged Freaks," and "Cool Runnings."

Lesleh is a cult scream queen who has lit up the big screen in movies like "Happy Birthday to Me" and "Curtains."

NICK NEWS: “UNDER THE INFLUENCE: KIDS OF ALCOHOLICS” (22 min)

Produced and co-written by Marty Toub (4th grade parent)

Five kids share their experiences dealing with parents who are struggling with alcoholism. This powerful documentary, a “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” special, premiered on November 2010 on the Nickelodoen channel. Nick News, produced by Linda Ellerbee's Lucky Duck Productions, is the longest-running kids’ news show in television history. It has built its reputation on the respectful and direct way it speaks to kids about the important issues of the day. As part of this award-winning team, Marty has picked up Emmys for his work on “The Face of Courage: Kids Living with Cancer,” “When Parents Return from War," "Never Again: From the Holocaust to the Sudan," and "Private Worlds: Kids and Autism." Marty is also a noted musician who has performed at numerous MSC events.


  • Day/Date: Thursday, March 24

  • Time: 6:30 p.m - 9-ish p.m.

  • Paramount Screening Room in Times Square (1515 Broadway at 45th St., 3rd floor)

  • Event Organizer: Magdalene Sim (4th grade mom, partner at NYC production/communications house The Media Horde)

  • Cost: $30

  • Screening + Filmmaker Q&A + Wine and cheese reception

  • Grown ups only please - register by sending an email to mscspecialevents@gmail.com