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Best Seller

East Coast Premiere

Director: Nora Kirkpatrick

United States, 2019, 15 min

Shooting Format:Digital

Festival Year:2020

Category:Narrative Short


Cast:Beth Grant, Erinn Hayes, Noureen DeWulf, Barry Rothbart, Jen Tullock, Nico Santos

Crew:Writers: Nora Kirkpatrick, Dennis McNicholas. Producers: Olivia Wilde, Jessica Elbaum, Nora Kirkpatrick, John Lang, David Carrico and James Parrinello


When the reigning queen of the Home Shopping Network is killed live on-the-air during a hair drying demonstration gone wrong, her three venomous, power-hungry disciples enter into a cutthroat competition for her coveted time slot.


About the director

Nora was chosen as a fellow of the Sony Diversity Directing Program, and is currently a staff writer on the new Amazon series DAISY JONES AND THE SIX. She directed episode #712 of THE GOLDBERGS in their current season, and was also a founding member and accordion player for Grammy award winning band, EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS.

In 2019, Nora created a fifteen-episode murder mystery, THE COOP, for EKO and FunnyOrDie. She also directed the entire series. She recently directed a pilot , ROYALTIES, for The Jackal Group, starring 2018 Emmy and Golden Globe winner Darren Criss, that was sold to Quibi. Her script, LONG TIME LISTENER, FIRST TIME CALLER, won the Best Screenplay grant through The Davey Foundation (2018), and BEST SELLER won the Best Screenplay award from Shore Scripts (2018) and Hollyshorts (2018).

In 2018 Nora created, wrote and directed DOOR NO. 1, a first of its kind live-action VR comedy series, starring Snoop Dogg and Ravi Patel, for Hulu. Produced by Lee Eisenberg and Jarrad Paul. In 2017, Nora sold her TV show, ASSISTED LIVING, to CBS, executive produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum. In 2016, Nora co-wrote and directed a five-part VR comedy series, VIRTUALLY MIKE AND NORA, with SNL alum Mike O'Brien, which is currently airing on Hulu. That same year, Nora sold her TV show, BEST SELLER, to Comedy Central. It was produced by Gloria Sanchez Productions and Olivia Wilde. Nora has also played many roles in film and TV, including THE OFFICE, GREEK, JENNIFER FALLS, and Paul Lieberstein's latest feature, THE SONG OF BACK AND NECK (Tribeca 2018).


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