Set in Oakland California, Iranian-American medical student is faced with the unraveling of her tightly bonded family unit when she learns that her mother and father have run out of money and have to move back to Iran. Despite Kat’s insistence that she’ll help her parents out, her mother Mitra says that they can’t afford their American life anymore. She has an unexpected encounter with a professional hugger that inspires her to start a new side hustle. In a last ditch attempt to keep everyone together and hold onto her family, Kat decides to become a professional cuddler.

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Jessica Sanders


Director: Jessica Sanders
Executive Producer: Shannon Gibson, Refinery29
Producer: Khaliah Neal
Screenwriter: Kathreen Khavari, Chuck Neal
Cinematographer: Cristina Dunlap
Editor: Julie Garces, Gena Fridman
Production Designer: Laura Ochoa
Principal Cast: Kathreen Khavari, Nina Nahid Nayebi, Ali Dean, Anyi Malik, Shoniqua Shandai, Mitra Jouhari, Eddie Huang, Veronica Mannion, Gia Carides, Bonnie Akimoto
Additional Credits: Co-Creators: Kathreen Khavari, Chuck Neal, Costume Designer: Shirley Kurata, Kelly Sachiko Page


Public Film Contact
Shannon Gibson
Publicity Contact
Chelsea Sanders
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Genre: Comedy
Screening Section: Episodic Pilot Competition
Screening Category: Episodic
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 13 mins