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THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD OF CECILY BLINKSTOP

THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD OF CECILY BLINKSTOP

LANGUAGE: English

Genre: Drama/Family
Running Time: 17:34
Year of production: 2017

SYNOPSIS

Following the death of her baby sister, 7-year old Cecily lives in a world with no music, no color, no laughter, no love. That is, until a magical imaginary friend shows up and joins Cecily on the quest to save her family from the grief that is destroying them.

PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION

Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions

CAST

Cecily Blinkstop: Colbi Gannett
Helen Blinkstop: Ava Gaudet
Amanda Jane: Molly Jane McCarthy
Kevin Blinkstop: Will Bouvier
Kim Blinkstop: Patricia Fitzgerald
Barney Blinkstop: Emmett Gannett

MAIN CREDITS

Director: Jennifer Potts
Screenwriter: Jennifer Potts
Producer: Jennifer Potts and Erica Joseph Hunter
Director of Photography: Katherine Castro
Sound: Evan Schneider
Editing: Luisa Pina
Sound Editing: Christopher D. Anderson
Music Composer: Sergio Torres-Letelier

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Genre: Drama
Sub-genre: Family
Language: English
Country of origin: USA
Year of production: 2017
Total running time: 17:34
Shooting format: Sony FS7
Color type: Color
Aspect ratio: 1:85:1
Sound format: Stereo

AWARDS

First Place: KidsEye International Film Festival Awards, Best Live Action Short, Rhode Island International Film Festival
First Place: Audience Choice Award, New England Film Festival
Runner Up: Best Dramatic Short, New England Film Festival

FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

Rhode Island International Film Festival
New England Film Festival

BIOGRAPHY OF THE DIRECTOR

I am an independent filmmaker, theatre director, screenwriter, educator, and playwright, and I am living proof that life does not need to slow down when you get to the middle. I graduated from Drew University in 1992 with a BA in Theatre Arts. I co-founded and ran Cornerstone Performing Arts Center in Fitchburg, MA, where I oversaw a small non-equity theatre company and directed multiple productions every year. In 2012, I returned to school to study film/video production at Fitchburg State University, where I wrote and directed two short films and was awarded 2014 Film Student of the Year. While at Fitchburg State, I wrote and directed a short film titled Home, which was selected to screen at four film festivals. In July 2016, I graduated from New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) with a MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen. While at NHIA I wrote three feature-length screenplays and one full-length play. My short film Charlie & Poppy screened at nearly 20 film festivals around the world and took home three "best of" awards. In 2018, my short film based on my feature film, The Extraordinary World of Cecily Blinkstop was selected to screen at Rhode Island International Film Festival and took home first place in the Kids Eye Competition. In 2019, The Extraordinary World of Cecily Blinkstop screened in the New England Film Festival where it won the Overall Audience Award and runner up for Best Drama. I teach half time on the Humanities faculty at Regis College in Weston, MA. I live in Worcester, MA, with my husband of 29 years. We have five grown children and one puppy named Stewart.