Hole in the Paper Sky
Howard Ferp is a brilliant, misanthropic mathematics doctoral candidate. Just as he is about to complete his thesis and win the city-wide chess tournament, his carefully calculated life is turned upside down when he learns that his work study position has been eliminated. Forced to start a new job in the psychology department, Howard encounters two kindred spirits, his supervisor Karen and a doomed laboratory dog. Howard risks everything he thought important to save the animal and, in doing so, discovers his humanity.
Iron Ocean Films
- Jason Clarke as Howard Ferp
- Jessica Biel as Karen Watkins
- Garry Marshall as Warren
- Stephen Collins as Mr. Benson
- Jeffrey Nordling as Prof. Cory
This was the first film Produced by Jessica Biel’s film studio, Iron Ocean Films.
Filming took place in L.A. in January of 2007.
Jesse’s pit-bull, Tina, was featured in the film.
The film was dedicated to Tevy, Jessica’s pit-bull that passed away.
Jesse and Stephen Collins both stared in the hit family series, 7th Heaven.
Was released in Film Festivals around the country early 2008.
The dog that was cast in this film was also cast in Jessica Biel’s “Powder Blue.”
When Howard talks to the tournament coordinator, you can see she was reading “Die A Little,” a film that Jesse was going to producer and star in until United Artists folded in 2009.
Justin Biel, Jessica’s brother, also makes an appearance in the film.
- Beverly Hills Film Festival – Audience Choice, Best Short Film (Won)
- Beverly Hills Film Festival – Best Screen Play, Iron Ocean Studios/Bill Purple (Won)
- Beverly Hills Film Festival – Jury Award, Best Screenplay (Won)
- Charleston International Film Festival – Audience Award, Best Short Film (Won)
- Florida Film Festival – Audience Award, Best Short Film (Won)