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North Star

Country: United States, Language: English, 30 mins

  • Director: P.J. Palmer
  • Writer: P.J. Palmer
  • Producer: Andrew Carlberg, Colman Domingo, Ryan Haffey, Cynthia Hallman, Zelda Hallman, Jon Mann, Caroline Metz, Lindsey Moreno, Heather Morris, Emily Palmer, P.J. Palmer, Matt Parrish, Corey Reynolds

CGiii Comment

The only 'fault' that this film has's not feature length.

Apart from that...this is faultless filmmaking.

Heart-breaking tenderness and heart-stopping vitriol. The music is beautiful. The performances...perfect.

Timeless...and, in a class of its own.


NORTH STAR TRAILER 1 from P.J. Palmer on Vimeo.

The(ir) Blurb...

"Love is true north."

"North Star" is a multiple-award-winning dramatic short film script that leans into the quiet intimacy and gravitas of its characters. The story itself is a deceptively simple dissection of loss and love, as it follows a rancher, James, fighting to care for his ailing husband, Craig, even as his sister-in-law, Erin, argues to take her brother to live his last days with her family, without James. Subtle intrusions from the outside world permeate the story, giving "North Star" a whisper-voiced commentary on current events while remaining subtle and true to its characters. "North Star" holds a careful grasp on what makes stories important: The human component. This 20 minute character piece manages to comment on current events such as discrimination, religious zealotry and the health care crisis in ways that are at once unobtrusive and complementary to the films tone while packing intensely emotional punches that linger long after the final fade out.

Cast & Characters

Kevin Bacon (as Dr. Owen Broderick)
Colman Domingo (as James)
Laura Innes (as Jess Broderick)
Audrey Wasilewski (as Erin)
Malcolm Gets (as Craig)
Arlene Santana (as Meteorologist)
Chris Sheffield (as Mike)
Darius De La Cruz (as News Commentator)
John Burke (as Game Show Host)
Serene Branson (as News Anchor)
Bethany Arrington (as Sarah on phone)
The Horse Butterscotch (as North Star)
Alex Verde (as Payday Loan Announcer)
Angie Beauregard (as Game Show Contestant)
Kevin Quinn (as Nalantrix Announcer)
Donna Smith (as Nalantrix Spokesperson)