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Creating Karma



United States, 2006, dv - Color - 104

DIRECTED BY:
Jill Wisoff

CAST:
Karen Lynn Gorney, Carol Lee Sirugo, Jill Wisoff, Joe Grifasi, Rahad Coulter-Stevenson, Roland Sands

SCREENPLAY:
Jill Wisoff and Carol Lee Sirugo

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Carter Bissell

EDITING:
Jill Wisoff, Christine Giorgio, David Wright

SET DESIGN:
Kathleen Muldoon

COSTUME DESIGN:
Nina Simich

MUSIC:
Joel Diamond

SOUND:
David Powell

PRODUCER:
Jill Wisoff

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Karma, up-tight columnist at Bangles Magazine, becomes a poet after moving in with her loathed half-sister, a new age therapist. Thrown into the mix is her British sixties 'it girl' mother, their father's lover, a pop star sitarist & the love interest, an inappropriate guy who talks to an obnoxious puppet. If one searches for deeper karmic meaning in this satirical comedy about following one's heart even if it means your friends will hate you because your clothes suck, it won't be found; but Creating Karma will be sure to leave you with a smile on your face. This gala world premiere from first time director JILL WISOFF features KAREN LYNN GORNEY in her comic film debut as Karma's mother, the shopaholic Chanel "Lollipop Fields" Fontaine (co-star opposite John Travolta as Stephanie Mangano in Saturday Night Fever, cast member in current season of “The Sopranos”), CAROL LEE SIRUGO as Karma, JILL WISOFF, JOE GRIFASI, RAHAD COULTER-STEVENSON & ROLAND SANDS with music by JOEL DIAMOND (The Believer) & cinematography by CARTER BISSELL.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Well known as a composer for films such as Welcome to the Dollhouse (successfully retitled from the song she wrote for it) and as bass player for the late legendary Johnny Thunders in his last band “The Oddballs”, JILL WISOFF co-starred in Todd Solondz's first film Fear, Anxiety & Depression & appeared in numerous theatrical productions including Money Talks at the Promenade Theater, produced by the late, legendary Arthur Cantor. Her film scores & songs have been heard at film festivals & on television, including Melissa Gilbert’s directorial debut “Me and My Hormones,” Amy Talkington’s groundbreaking short Second Skin, the title song in “Smart House,” an Alan Saks production for Disney Channel & in CREATING KARMA. CREATING KARMA was the lucky result of searching for a kindred character actress interested in working on a screenplay & crossing paths with CAROL LEE SIRUGO, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence’s theater program and daughter of abstract expressionist Sal Sirugo, when on break enjoying craft services from “background” work as homeless derelicts on location in Williamsburg Brooklyn for Marci X, a Richard Benjamin feature film.

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