Inez & Doug & Kira Directed
Julia Kots USA / 2019 / 97 minutes World Premiere
Times and Venues:
WOODSTOCK Upstate Films
SAUGERTIES Orpheum Theater
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Julia Kots, Caitlin Gold, Marcia Mayer, Michael Chernus, Tawny Cypress, Talia Thiesfield
The story of Inez & Doug & Kira is set in motion after Inez, a brilliant yet unstable recovering addict, commits suicide and leaves no note. Inez’s mysterious death leaves the two mourners—her sister Kira and Kira’s fiancé, Doug—with a mound of unanswered questions. As they look for clues and dig up the past, the puzzle pieces begin to come together, uncovering the trio's complicated web of relationships. In a film that explores the collateral damage that can be caused by a loved one’s psychological unraveling, writer/director Julia Kots tackles themes of mental health, addiction and love in an intimate, yet unflinching light. This is a film that provides as many thrilling twists as it does gut-punches. — Max Wexler
BIO: Julia Kots award-winning short films have screened on PBS and in dozens of festivals worldwide, including Slamdance, Cinequest, Woodstock, Hamptons, Edmonton, and Chicago International. She has received awards and grants such as IFP Audience Choice Award, Coca Cola Refreshing Filmmakers Grant, New Line Cinema Grant, Milos Forman Fund, ASCAP Scoring Grant, AMPAS Foundation Grant, as well as a residency from the MacDowell Colony. Julia was an editor on the Oscar-nominated film My Week With Marilyn, and is currently editing for Thirteen/PBS. She emigrated from the former Soviet Union and holds an M.F.A. from Columbia University Film School and a B.A. from Yale University. Julia’s first narrative feature film, Inez & Doug & Kira, is a recipient of the NYFA Made In NY grant.
Cast/Featuring: Michael Chernus, Tawny Cypress, Talia Thiesfield
Executive Producer(s): Robert Edwards, Trevor Norwitz, Jeffrey Wald, Edith Mandel, James Cole Jr., David Silk, Jonathan Winer, Alexander M. Guest
Producer(s): Caitlin Gold, Marcia Mayer, Julia Kots, Joe Dinnen
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