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Plays in Shorts Program: Through the Glass Darkly
Saturday, June 15
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Eaton Cinema

1201 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

My Dead Dad


Abby Ellis, Erik Osterholm

Executive Producers

Omar Mullick, Kati Hetrick


Omar Mullick, Michael Simkin, Erik Osterholm


Olivia Becker


Singeli Agnew

With a cult-like following at the New York Times, Christopher Gray throws his family for a posthumous loop when he requests that his body be defleshed and his skeleton preserved for permanent display—a request his daughter strictly abides, but not before a last father-daughter road trip along the way.

Co-director, My Dead Dad

Erik Osterholm is a multi-Emmy award-winning executive producer and director who has produced over 80 hours of critically acclaimed documentary programming, multiple feature documentaries, and short and long-form content for networks, streamers, brands, and institutions. Erik is the only director-producer to have produced both award-winning unscripted series, CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and HBO’s VICE, taking him to all seven continents and some of the most remote corners of our planet. Since then, Erik has developed and produced multiple new series and talent as an Executive Producer and the SVP of Development at Zero Point Zero Production Inc., including the investigative series The Business of Drugs; Latif Nasser’s Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything on Netflix; and a soon to be released Zac Efron documentary as well as a recently released CNN documentary series with Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy entitled Nomad.

Co-director, My Dead Dad

Abby Ellis is a Peabody and Emmy-nominated Director. Her film, Flint’s Deadly Water, was a multi-year investigation that exposed a steep number of unknown deaths from a deadly disease outbreak during the Flint water crisis, the negligence of officials who allowed it to continue, and the efforts to obstruct the legal and scientific investigations around it. In 2020, she was the Hollyhock Filmmaker-in-Residence at PBS, where she wrote, directed, and produced Shots Fired, an unflinching look at the high rate of police shootings in Utah. Before that, Abby produced America Divided, an original docu-series executive produced by Norman Lear and Shonda Rhimes, which featured narratives around inequality in America woven into an eight-story, five-part series. Abby’s work has earned her a Peabody Award, several Emmy nominations, an Edward R. Murrow Award, a Scripps Howard Award, an Izzy Award, a Sentinel Award, an Acting for Justice Award, two Livingston nominations, and other honors. At the start of her career, Abby spent six years at VICE, where she produced and edited some of the network’s most pivotal and award-winning shows, from character-driven social and cultural documentaries to current affairs films.