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Pearl Was Here

Answering the call of plush animals and seeing an opportunity to escape a troubled family, the scraggly girl slips away from her mother and climbs into the safe and sealed environment of the claw booth. Mommy doesn’t take this too well.

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Slamdance 2013
Sarasota Film Festival 2013
Austin Film Festival 2013
New Orleans Film Festival 2013
Queens World Film Festival 2014
Albuquerque Film and Media Experience 2013

LACMA 9 Art + Film Lab 2014

Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival 2014
Dallas Video Fest (Best Narrative Short) 2013
MOAB International Film Festival 2013
DC Shorts (Audience Award) 2013
Friars Club Comedy Film Festival 2013
Project Involve Showcase 2013
Athens Film +Video Festival (Third Place) 2013
USA Film Festival (Award Finalist) 2013
Broadcast on PBS and KQED "Film School Shorts" 2013
Berkshire International Film Festival 2013
Champs-Elysées Film Festival 2013
Waterfront Film Festival 2013

The Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art 2015

Tictail Rooftop Screening 2015
CalArts Film Directing Showcase at REDCAT 2012

Sunnyside Shorts 2017

Read about how I work with kids on my process page here.

Learn about the inspiration for the film and read my reflections on feminism in my interview with the Muff Society here.


45 Million views on YouTube45

Best Short at Sunnyside Shorts

Celtx Seeds Award
Best Narrative Short: Dallas Video Fest
Audience Award: DC Shorts
Third Place: Athens Film +Video Festival
Award Finalist: USA Film Festival


Written, Directed, and Edited by Kate Marks
Cinematography by Kimberly Culotta
Produced by Kathleen Reinbold and See Films at CalArts
Production Design by Anahita Dehbonehie
Costumes by Kate Fry
Art Director/Scenic Artist: Jamie McElrath
Art Director/Scenic Assistant: Amanda Leigh Smith
Assistant Directed by Martha Williams
Sound Design by Steven Klems
Sound Mix by Jerry Summers


Starring: Miana Abramson and Sharon Eisman
Featuring: Cara Danielle Brown, Sharon King, Brady Allen, Rachael Caselli, Mike McGill, Chris Magorian, Michelle Gillette, Mark Augden, and Murphy Martin

2012 / 9 minutes


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