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|Podcast| A Simple F*cking Gesture - Jesse Shamata

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Jesse Shamata is a collaborative film and tv writer/director with a penchant for dark humor. His previous film Break A Leg premiered at NewDirectors/NewFilms at the MoMA. His films have screened internationally at fests including Clermont-Ferrand & Palm Springs.

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A short comedy film by Jesse Shamata

While stuck in traffic, emotions escalate for a husband and wife when another driver doesn’t give them a "thank you wave" after they cut in. Comparing him to a symbol of all that is wrong in the world, they are terrified when he pulls over to confront them. 

Originally from Calgary, Christy first started improvising at The Loose Moose Theatre with Keith Johnstone. After moving to Toronto in 2000, she was hired by the Second City. She has been performing with the company ever since, teaching and doing shows across the county and as far away as Bosnia and Monaco.

Select TV credits: Schitt’s Creek, The Handmaid’s Tale, New Eden, Designated Survivor, Suits, Reign, Newborn Moms, The Strain, Orphan Black, and Odd Squad. Christy can also be found performing in the hit improv show Hookupat The Bad Dog Theatre in Toronto.

Select Theatre: Dracula: The Bloody Truth (WCT, Theatre Northwest), Blind Date (across Canada and in London’s West End), The Canadian (1000 Islands Playhouse) Undercover (The Tarragon, Vertigo Theatre, Citadel Theatre), Murder in the Cottonwoods (Toronto Fringe), Legend Has It (ATP, Brooklyn Academy of Music), DINK! (The Factory Theatre), This is Cancer (Halifax), The Forum (Stratford Festival), and Private Lives with Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross (New York).

Chuck Shamata has enjoyed an extensive film, television and theatre career. Recently, he completed John Madden's gun control thriller Miss Sloane, starring Jessica Chastain. His feature credits also include Flash of Genius, The Sentinel, Cinderella Man, The Day After Tomorrow, One Week, Still Mine, Clown, Wargames: The Dead Code, and Joshua Then And Now.

Shamata has been nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards. His first feature, Between Friends, is acknowledged as one of Canada's best, for which the legendary Vittorio De Sica presented him a "Migliore Attore" award at the Sorrento Film Festival.

Shamata's television credits are equally wide-ranging. He recurs in the Crackle TV series The Art of More, and stars as Uncle Cheech in the hit animated series Fugget About It. He has appeared in series ranging from The Mod Squad and Barretta To Beauty and the Beast and as a regular in the USA network remake of Kojak.

He earned a Best Actor Bijou award for portraying a family man facing homosexuality in the breakthrough CBC network film The Running Man. Other notable credits include Showtime's Tony Bill-Directed Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story, The Engagement Ring, The award-winning Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story, The Company and Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (as Pierre Salinger).

Shamata has performed on stages from Halifax to Los Angeles, in classics such as Uncle Vanya (opposite Peter O'Toole), A Doll's House, The Good Woman of Setzuan, To Clothe the Naked, and in contemporary plays including The Country Girl, Battering Ram, My Fat Friend, Chapter Two, and The Indian Wants The Bronx, among many others.

Chuck Shamata and his wife Diane live in Toronto. They have two children and three grandchildren.

A veteran of Toronto comedy stages, Paul got his start at The Second City, where he wrote and performed in six revues. Other stage credits include SlapShot Live, It’s A Wonderful Toronto, An Inconvenient Musical; and SARSical, for which he received a Dora Award nomination. His live show HOOKUP has been playing to sold out houses at Bad Dog Theatre for five years. 

On television Paul played Jeff on Dan For Mayor (CTV), and has also appeared in Workin’ Moms, Kim’s Convenience, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Ransom, The Stanley Dynamic, The Ron James Show, Odd Squad, Against The Wall, and Puppets Who Kill. Film credits include The Green Room, The Tuxedo, Welcome to Mooseport, and Camille. Voice credits include Max & Ruby, Elinor Wonders Why and Monster Pack. 

Paul is one half of the popular musical comedy duo The Williamson Playboys, and one third of the improvised science fiction comedy podcast ILLUSIONOID. He has won numerous Canadian Comedy Awards, and received NOW Magazine’s 2013 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Male Improviser.

Technical specifications
Running time | 8:05 minutes
Exhibition formats | 4K/2K DCP, 4K/2K/1080 Digital File
Aspect ratio | 1:1.85
Sound | 5.1
Shooting format | 4K 2:35.1
Original language | English
Year of production | 2019
Year of completion | 2020
World premiere | World Premiere Florida Film Festival 2020

Starring Paul Bates, Christy Bruce, & Chuck Shamata
Written & Directed by Jesse Shamata
Produced by Suzan Mazur & Jesse Shamata
Cinematography by Martin Hawkes
Edited by Christopher Donaldson cce
Credits Music - "Race To The Bottom" by Dan Mangan
© 2020 Shamagical Productions Inc.
Produced with the support of The Directors Guild of Canada Short Film Fund & Sim International
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