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The Taiwan Oyster


After the tragic death of a newly arrived Ex-pat, ESL kindergarten teachers Simon and Darin, steal the corpse in order to perform the final rites for the fallen stranger. Their quest for the perfect burial spot becomes a quixotic odyssey along Taiwan's picturesque East Coast Highway, where they encounter welcoming families, violent gangsters, personal demons, and Nikita, their traveling companion. The duty, transport, and dementia fueled by frequent substance abuse, ignites an internalization in all three characters as they define their personal feelings concerning mortality, purpose, burial rites and the concept of legacy.


Director(s): Mark Jarrett

Executive Producer(s): Spoonbill Pictures, filmscience

Producer(s): Mark Jarrett, Mitchell Jarrett, Paul Knaus, Evan Fleischer, Anish Savjani

Screenwriter(s): Mark Jarrett, Jordan Heimer, Mitchell Jarrett

Cinematographer: Mike Simpson

Editor(s): Ron Dulin

Production Designer: Mitchell Jarrett

Sound Designer: Lyman Hardy

Music: Dylan Jones

Principal Cast: Billy Harvey, Jeff Palmiotti, Leonora Lim

Director Bio


After graduating from the University of Georgia, Mark Jarrett taught English in Taiwan for 3 years. He has since lived and worked in Austin, Texas as a Writer, Location Manager and Producer, for the past 10 years.


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