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THEME: Picture This

FRIDAY  |  7 - 9 PM

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Animation | 2019 | 17 min. 23 sec.
Official Selection
Suggested Rating | PG-13
Country | United States
Language | English
Producers | Brendan Bradley, Gink Bastian Entertainment, The Jigsaw Ensemble

Director | Kirsten Vangsness
Writer | Kirsten Vangsness
Cast | Kirsten Vangsness
Kirsten Vangsness (CBS, Criminal Minds actor and writer) makes her directorial debut in this animated short adapted from her own personal essay about a feral cat who stars on a network procedural drama, takes ballroom dance lessons, and has an encounter with a predatory tow truck driver. It explores the idea of vulnerability as a source of power and the emotional "curtains" we lay over our essential selves.
Eligible for Specialty Award
  • Woman to Watch


Kirsten Vangsness is a Los Angeles based performer and playwright, best known for her portrayal of Penelope Garcia on the CBS drama series Criminal Minds. Curtains marks her directorial debut, based on a personal essay she wrote from a real life encounter. This Summer two of her plays performed in rep at Assembly Rooms as part of the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival: The critically acclaimed “Cleo, Theo and Wu” and her autobiographical-magical-realism-church camp- quantum physics play “Mess” (which fantasy author Neil Gaiman has called his “Favorite one person show”). Kirsten has also co-written four episodes of the CBS drama “Criminal Minds”, including the series finale which will air in spring of 2020, as well as several pilots for ABC. Off screen, she has been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine and in “Airmail: Taking Women of Letters Around the World” and hosted innumerable charity events and speaking engagements around the world.

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