Family Jewels

20 minutes NTSC




Carol, a mother and a US soldier, is about to deploy to Afghanistan. Kurt, her husband and their two boys, Ethan and Wyatt, are determined to give her the best farewell evening ever. So when Carol walks in on a surprise party, Kurt is disappointed to learn that all she really wanted was a quiet evening in with him and the boys. Will the couple survive the night without killing each other?



Venice Film Festival - World Premiere**

Sundance Film Festival - US Premiere**

Directors Guild of America (DGA) - AFI Showcase

Finalist - 32nd Annual National Short Film & Video

Competition - USA FIlm Festival/Dallas

Aspen International Short Film Festival**

GI Film  Festival - Washington DC

ARCIPELAGO - International Festival of Short Films - Rome

Palm Springs International Short Film Festival **

LA Shorts Fest 2010 **

Cambridge Film Festival

Atlantic Film Festival

Foyle Film Festival**

Museum of Contemporary Arts San Diego

Cortopotere Film Festival

Sidewalk Film Festival

24 FPS Film Festival

European Film Festival

** Oscar Accredited Short Film Festivals

Cast: Josh Carmichael, Jennifer Christopher, Ethan & Wyatt Carmichael, Jeff Holman, Nancy Lantis

Director/Writer: Martin Stitt

Producer: La Monde Byrd

Cinematographer: Jeff Bierman

Editor: Jeremy Renta

Casting Director: Twinkie Byrd

Sound: David Barber

Production Design: Amanda Kazarian

Sundance Premiere Q&A:

"Martin has a natural gift for getting convincingly real performances from his actors - his intimate camera work succeeds in drawing his audience in and engaging with them emotionally. Consequently, we arrive at the end feeling paradoxically sated yet still wanting more."

John Wilson, ACE - (Billy Elliot, The Draughtman’s Contract, The History Boys)