ABOUT THE GNOMIST

The Gnomist is a true story about the mysterious
appearance of fairy homes in a suburban forest and the
magical experience shared by three women.

 

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SYNOPSIS

Firefly Forest, located in Overland Park, KS, is home to a community of imagined fairies and gnomes. Last spring, beautifully-crafted fairy homes and doors custom-built to fit the hollows of trees mysteriously popped up on a heavily-wooded walking trail. Strangers who never before made eye contact, began mingling and trying to find out who or what was responsible for creating such magic. The fairies have a story to tell, but so do the people who encounter them. A giving tree emerged and people started adding gifts and miniature welcome mats and birdhouses to these homes. Eventually, people began leaving notes for the fairies – disclosing their deepest struggles and greatest hopes. And, to their surprise, the fairies were responding.

Robyn and her two young sons find their family on the brink of divorce as they move to Kansas. Socially isolated and reeling from a life of annual moves, the boys look to their invincible mother as she tries to shield them from the harsh realities of their new normal.

As an athlete, Alex ran eight miles a day through the forest trails until she suffered a crippling hip injury. Now, as the “watcher in the woods,” her blog captures the wonder of the newfound magic in the forest – magic that is healing not only Alex’s pain, but the pain of everyone who steps foot into this sacred space.

Kelly is on a journey that every parent fears. Last June, her three-year-old daughter, Allie, died from brain cancer – leaving her, her husband, and seven-year-old daughter Evie, scrambling to rebuild their lives. Searching for relief from their heartache, Kelly, Kyle, and Evie retreat to the forest that Allie had loved so much – hoping to feel some connection to her. What they discover, provides solace they never expected.

Despite their differences, the characters’ serendipitous connections to each other lay open the vulnerable human condition and offer an uplifting message – and that in spite of the tragedies whirling around us, we can overcome if we just stop and embrace the magic around us.

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THE GNOMIST CREW

DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

SHARON LIESE

Sharon Liese is the founder and Executive Producer of Herizon Productions. Learn more about Herizon by clicking below.

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AWARDS

Jury Award: The Clover & Maggie Award – In Celebration of Life: The Gnomist
2016 Cleveland International Film Festival

Audience Choice Award for Best Overall Short Film: The Gnomist
2016 Cleveland International Film Festival

Audience Award for Best Documentary Short: The Gnomist
2016 Cleveland International Film Festival

Audience Award for Best Short Film: The Gnomist
  2016 Sarasota Film Festival

Jury Commendation Award for Documentary Short: The Gnomist
   2016 Durango Independent Film Festival

• Jury Award for Best Documentary: The Gnomist
   2015 LA Shorts Fest

• Jury Award for Best Short Documentary: The Gnomist
   2015 Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festival

• Audience Award for Best Short Documentary: The Gnomist
   2015 Fair Hope Film Festival

• Jury Award for Best Short Film: The Gnomist
   2015 Free State Festival

Audience Award for Best Short Film: The Gnomist
   2015 Free State Festival

 

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Sharon Liese is a critically acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker who produces documentary-style television programming and documentary films that air on major television networks. Her philosophy is a simple one: to capture real and untold stories that inspire and entertain viewers.

Liese’s percipient approach to storytelling brings audiences on a whirlwind ride of emotions and reveals to viewers the human elements of every story.

During the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Sharon Liese premiered her film Selfie in collaboration with Academy Award winning Director Cynthia Wade and in partnership with Dove and the Sundance Institute. The short film won a 2014 CLIO Image Award for excellence in a Mass Video or Film Campaign. The film’s moving and intimate examination of beauty, through the relationships of mothers and daughters in a small Massachusetts town, has already had a huge viral impact through social media; gaining more than 6 million views and still rising.

Because of her work on Selfie, Liese was asked by “The Today Show” and The Sundance Institute to serve as a Sundance Institute Mentor to young teens making a PSA for the “Love Your Selfie” segment that premiered in April 2014.

Liese created and executive produced the unprecedented and award-winning WEtv documentary series, “High School Confidential” that followed a group of teenage girls through out their entire four-year high school experience. “High School Confidential’s” first season was filmed in suburban Kansas while the next four-year cycle was filmed in urban Chicago for the show’s second season. The premiere of “High School Confidential” broke nearly every ratings record for WEtv.

Liese has also created and directed three separate pilots for MTV News and Docs. Most recently, Liese directed the pilot for “True Life: I’m Breaking Up With My Religion” which aired on MTV December 16th, 2014. Liese’s other projects include “Sobriety High,” an intimately gritty look at at-risk teenagers at a high school for recovering addicts in Minneapolis, and “Ice Queens” -an unusual glimpse into a competitive girls’ High School Ice Hockey team in Vermont.

In just the past 10 years, Sharon Liese has produced content for Fox, Discovery ID, Lifetime, The Oprah Winfrey Network, MTV, and PBS to name a few. Her credits includes “Utopia,” “Hookers: Saved on the Strip,” “The Week the Women Went,” and “Blackboard Wars.”

Liese directed the three-part Women’s Reproductive Health special, Birthing Pains for KCPT-PBS and was also the EP/show runner for the pilot of “Breaking Point”- Discovery’s newest documentary series about dangerous family secrets. The series premiered in January 2015.

PRODUCER

CYNTHIA WADE

Academy Award-winning Director Cynthia Wade has a proven track record for presenting dramatically compelling and emotionally gripping documentary stories. Her short film Freeheld won an Oscar and is the subject of a feature film to be released this year starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page and Stere Carell. Her film Mondays at Racine was nominated for an Oscar in 2013.

From tender coming-of-age stories of children for Sesame Street to emotional portraits of teens for the Sundance Channel, Cynthia has an unusual talent for revealing surprising human moments – all with unparalleled craft and creativity.

Wade has won festival accolades all over the world – in the past four years alone, she’s won 33 film awards, including 2 awards at Sundance, 3 awards at Palm Springs, prizes at Aspen and the Hamptons, as well as film festival awards in Spain, Italy, Argentina and Belgium.

She’s been making films and commercials for more than 15 years for clients such as MTV, HBO, Cinemax, IFC Channel, and PBS.

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

TY JONES

Over the last 16 years, Ty Jones has worked on more than 40 short films in almost every position possible ranging from director to crane operator.

His film Last Breath won the Grand Jury Award at Garden State Film Festival and Best Feature at the Omaha Film Festival. Jones’ extensive work as a cinematographer spans feature films, reality television, and documentary features such as Print the Legend (2014) that won the Special Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival.

For one of his most recent projects, Ty served as the Director of Photography for an MTV News & Docs pilot, created and Executive Produced by Sharon Liese.

EDITOR

JEREMY CARR

Jeremy Carr is an award-winning screenwriter and film director. His feature length film debut Other Madnesses(aka Lucid) was developed through The New York IFP Market. His previous short films include Nuclear Winter and Ice Cream Ants – the latter of which was awarded the Grand Prize at the Boston Underground Film Festival and Best Short Film at the Royal Flush Film Festival in New York City.

As a Producer, Editor and Cinematographer, Jeremy has created original content for Sesame Workshop, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and American Movie Classics (AMC). He served as an editor on the 2012 Emmy Award-winning primetime TV Special Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger and recently edited the short documentary Whole New Person, which was directed by Academy Award-Winning Director Cynthia Wade. Jeremy was the Producer/Editor/DP of the feature length documentary The War on Kids, which was featured on The Colbert Report, MSNBC, NPR and The Sundance Channel. It can now be viewed on The Documentary Channel and Netflix.

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SCREENINGS FOR THE GNOMIST

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
NEW YORK CITY

4/19 – 4/25

NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL
NEWPORT BEACH, CA

4/27 -4/30

BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Great Barrington/Pittsfield, MA

5/29  &  5/30

MADELINE ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL
La Pointe, WI

7/9

OM FILM FESTIVAL
Kansas City, MO

9/4

HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL
Indianapolis, IN

10/17  & 10/24

ST LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
St. Louis, MO

11/10

ROCKY MOUNTAIN WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL
Colorado Springs, CO

11/14

10 x 10 UPSTREET ARTS FESTIVAL
Pittsfield, MA

2/14 & 2/18

ZAGREBDOX
Zagreb, Croatia

2/24

SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL
Sarasota, FL

4/4 & 4/6

 

 

 

HOT DOCS FILM FESTIVAL
TORONTO

4/29, 4/30, &  5/3

INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON
BOSTON

4/24 & 4/25

FREE STATE FILM FESTIVAL
Lawrence, KS

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RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Providence, RI

8/8

LA SHORTS FEST
Los Angeles, CA

9/9

 

 

 

 

TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL
Tacoma, WA

10/11 & 10/13

SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL
Santa Fe, NM

10/16

UNDEREXPOSED FILM FESTIVAL
Rockhill, SC

11/7

 

 

 

 

FAIR HOPE FILM FESTIVAL
Fair Hope, AL

11/14

 

 

 

 

DURANGO FILM FESTIVAL
Durango, CO

3/3 & 3/5

 

 

 

 

CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Cleveland, OH

4/3-4/9

 

 

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL
MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL

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KANSAS CITY
Overland Park

5/9

MAUI FILM FESTIVAL
MAUI, HI

6/3, 6/5,  & 6/7

THE HOTTEST SHORTS FROM HOT DOCS 2015
Toronto, ON

8/18

UNIVERSAL FILM FESTIVAL
Kansas City, MO

9/26

KANSAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Overland Park, KS

11/9

HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
Hot Springs, AR

10/14 & 10/15

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Providence, RI

12/17   7:00PM

IRVINE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Irvine, CA

1/17

WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
Nevada City, NV

4/9

GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
Montpelier, VT

3/27

PITTSBURGH SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
Pittsburgh, PA

10/9

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Contact

DIRECTOR

Sharon Liese
Sharon@herizonproductions.com

ENTERTAINMENT
REPRESENTATION

Seth Lawrence
United Talent

T: 310.273.6700
Seth.Lawrence@unitedtalent.com

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Samantha Hake
Samhake.herizon@gmail.com