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Pretty Pickle

Director: Jim Vendiola

USA  I  12min, 31sec  I  Horror, Comedy, Romance  I  2022


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Pretty Pickel

Jim Vendiola  I  USA  I  12min, 31sec  I  Horror, Comedy, Romance
(Asian Premiere)  2022

Part horror, part comedy of manners, part romance, PRETTY PICKLE is a provocative probe of 21st century dating paranoias and insecurity, and the timeless unpredictability of human secrecy. It’s the story of Sam and Sam—Samuel, a young man, and his new girlfriend, Samantha—during the “honeymoon phase” of their relationship. As Samuel sinks further down an Othellian spiral while privately dwelling on one of Samantha’s persisting quirks, he is led to a nightmarish discovery.

Jim is an award-winning filmmaker whose work frequently explores heartache, longing, liminality, eros, and pathos. As a Filipino-American with immigrant parents, his work also ponders themes of identity, otherness, and alienation.  Jim has been named one of Newcity's FILM 50 of 2016, 2018, 2020—alongside such production notables as Dick Wolf (LAW & ORDER), The Wachowskis (The MATRIX Saga), and Steve James (HOOP DREAMS). He is a 2021 3Arts “Make a Wave” grantee, and grand award winner of the inaugural New Narratives Program from NewFilmmakers LA and WarnerMedia OneFifty.

Jim's psychological horror short, VIOLETS, received the 22nd Chicago Underground Film Festival's Audience Award. His film, LIBRARY HOURS, played to a sold-out West Coast Premiere at HBO's Outfest LA,. His upcoming, neo-noir limited series, ARGUS, is currently in development with WarnerMedia OneFifty, while his psychological thriller feature, HOMESICK, is in late development with Chicago Film Project.

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