“Kenny, a thirtysomething burnout sacrifices his own dreams to take care of his dying mother.” – A Short Film exploring themes of loss, grief, independence and family dysfunction.
LOS ANGELES, CA, October 16, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — KENNY is the writing/directing debut of actress Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat) and features an amazing ensemble cast including David Barton Harris, Tony Cavalero (School of Rock), Carrie Lazar (The Magnificent Seven, The Big Short), and Chris Ellis (The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Men, The Oath), Holly Kaplan (Private Wars, The Mentalist) Juliette Goglia (Mike & Molly, The Michael J. Fox Show) and Braeden Lemasters (The Romanoff’s).
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Kenny works a menial job and lives with his mother who abuses her elderly feebleness to take advantage of her son’s generosity. Hoping to reclaim his adult life someday soon, his mother’s health problems keep him captive. The drama short KENNY is laced with brilliant dark comedic overtones and is a strong inaugural film from storyteller McCurdy, who is pivoting her career to behind the camera. The short was made by a creative team of female filmmakers, with an almost entirely female key crew for production.
Inspired by her experience coping with her own mother’s death, McCurdy explores loss and the different ways people respond to it while living within dysfunctional family dynamics.
“My mom died when I was 21. We had a complex relationship, funny and heartbreaking at times. For a long time it was hard for me to admit to myself that losing her was as liberating for me as it was devastating. I wanted to showcase that point of view with this short, Kenny.” – McCurdy
About Writer/Director Jenette McCurdy:
From Los Angeles, California, McCurdy grew up acting as a child and had successful leading roles on Nickelodeon’s iCarly and Sam & Cat, in addition to many other TV shows and films. Not totally satisfied with the work she did as an actress and wanting to take charge of her own creative narrative, McCurdy is focused on working behind the camera. Passionate about the filmmaking process, she began writing and directing her own projects in 2017.
About Producer Michel Rangel Hendrick:
Michel Rangel Hendrick is Los Angeles-based producer with feature film credits including All I Wish starring Sharon Stone and Tony Goldwyn, The Night Stalker starring Lou Diamond Phillips and Bellamy Young and, Instructions Not Included, the top-grossing Spanish-language film of all time at the North American box office.
Waffle Cone, Inc:
Founded by Jennette McCurdy, a production company and the multi-media platform from which she creates stories.
Founded by producer Michel Rangel Hendrick, Minonina Films is a female-owned independent film and commercial production company. Credits include short film Skitta Merink, short film Uncovered and feature film Lord Bateman, currently in development. Minonina Films has also given production support to Netflix show Narcos, among others.
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