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I'm No Holiday

World Premiere

Director: Rick Gomez

United States, 2019, 15 min

Shooting Format:Digital, 8mm

Festival Year:2019

Category:Narrative Short

Genre:Slice of Life

Cast:Steve Zahn

Crew:Writers: Rick Gomez - Producers: Rick Gomez, Rick Page, Jenny Gomez, Coby Toland, Steve Zahn


A personal portrait of a grieving fireworks photographer.


About the director

Rick Gomez is an American actor, writer and director. He is known for portraying George Luz in the HBO television miniseries “Band of Brothers” and as Endless Mike Hellstrom in the Nickelodeon TV series “The Adventures of Pete and Pete.” He wrote, produced, and starred in the feature films ""Last Man Running"" ""Leave"" and ""The Week.”


Filmmaker's note

As an actor and writer, I’ve always been drawn to the idea of my work having four basic elements.

Beautiful. Strange. Funny. Sad.

I used these four ideas to shape character, story and production design to tell the tale of Lawrence Sendass, a grieving widower, who lives inside the memory of his passed wife while pushing into the magic of a life still stretching out before him.

My hope was to examine this character with the utmost truth and humor while serving a greater idea, that we are all surrounded by the unknowable magic of the world in which we live.

It was a dream to work with Steve Zahn as my lead actor. His performance in this film is both masterfully comical and absolutely heart-breaking.

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