Professional Cuddler

A Film by Mika Orr

Synopsis

Nadav, 29, is a young Israeli man who’s come to New York to pursue his dreams.
By day, he plays the trumpet, and by night he works as a “Professional Cuddler” in order to finance his first album. He’s so successful at his night job, he stops renting an apartment of his own, and spends the winter nights in the homes of lonely women.
The film follows the first meeting between Nadav and Netta, 32, an Israeli woman he met online and fell in love with. They’ve been having an internet affair for several months, and now she’s finally boarded a plane to New York. Will they be able to bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds?

Director

  • Picture of Mika Orr © Mika Orr

    Mika Orr

    Mika Orr is an Israeli film director based in Brooklyn. She started her career as a film director at the age of 15. Right after finishing her army service as a lead cinematographer for the Israel Air Force’s film unit, she started working in the industry as a documentary cinematographer. She was the Lead Cinematographer on award winning feature documentaries (“Chronicle of a kidnap”, “Stains”) and she has had numerous documentaries broadcast on Israeli National Television. In 2008 she established her own production company focused on documentaries and marketing videos for clients like Google Israel, Coca Cola, Yad Vashem, the European Union, and the Jerusalem municipality. In May 2017, she earned a master's degree with honours from School of Visual Arts in New York. This year she is releasing two fiction shorts she wrote and directed. Recently Mika was awarded funding from the Gesher film fund for her next fictional film to be shot in 2018 and her latest documentary project AMiNORMAL is supported by a prestigious French governmental Film Fund.

Awards + Festivals

  • 8th SHORT TO THE POINT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Romania)August 11, 2017
  • BEST WOMEN FILMMAKER
    LOS ANGELES INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS (Official Selection, monthly film festival, LA, USA)August 26, 2017
  • 18th FILM COLUMBIA (Official Selection, Chatham, NY) October 29, 2017
  • 14th BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL (Official SelectioN, Manhattan, New York, USA)November 1, 2017
  • 2nd NEW YORK SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)November 3, 2017
  • 14th SNOB FILM FESTIVAL - New Hampshire (Concord, USA)November 9, 2017
  • KIN – WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Yerevan, Armenia)November 14, 2017
  • 16th HYPERFEST - INT'L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)November 7, 2017
  • NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARD (Competition, North Carolina, USA)November 16, 2017
  • *HONORABLE MENTION*
    3rd INT'L STUDENT, NEWCOMER AND WOMAN MOVIE AWARDS (Official Selection, Jakarta, Indonesia)November 23, 2017
  • 26th EUROSHORTS YOUNG FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Warsaw, Poland)November 27, 2017
  • 1st LIECHTENSTEINER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Schaan, Liechtenstein)December 8, 2017
  • 5th WORLD OF WOMEN FILM FAIR MIDDLE EAST 2018 (Official Selection, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)March 6, 2018
  • 13th ANNUAL OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Omaha, NE, USA)March 6, 2018
  • 16th ANNUAL GARDEN STATE FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA)March 22, 2018
  • DEEP IN THE HEART FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Waco, TX, USA)March 22, 2018
  • *AUDIENCE AWARD*
    2nd FALCON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)March 27, 2018
  • 18th BEVERLY HILLS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beverly Hills, CA, USA)April 4, 2018
  • 8th CAPITAL CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lansing, MI, USA)April 11, 2018
  • 68th COLUMBUS INTERNATIONAL FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Columbus, OH, USA)April 11, 2019
  • *BEST SHORT DRAMA*
    13th SUNSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, St. Petersburg, FL, USA)April 26, 2018
  • 16th CINE PODRE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, La Paz, Mexico)May 2, 2019
  • 10th FILM FEST PETALUMA (Official Selection, Petaluma, CA, USA)May 5, 2018
  • 3rd DOOR KINETIC ARTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Baileys Harbor, USA)June 10, 2018
  • 3rd DOC SUNBACK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mulvane, Kansas, USA)June 21, 2018
  • 16th FEMALE EYE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada)June 26, 2018
  • *BEST DIRECTOR*
    5th LOS ANGELES DIVERSITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, West Hollywood, CA, USA)July 26, 2018
  • 4th BE EPIC! LONDON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, United Kingdom)August 2, 2019
  • 8th ANNUAL WE LIKE ‘EM SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Baker City, OR, USA)August 17, 2018
  • 6th SKYLINE INDIE FILM FEST (Official Selection, Winchester, VA, USA)September 6, 2018
  • 3rd ADIRONDACK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Glens Falls, NY, USA)October 18, 2018

Trailer

Crew

Directer
Mika Orr
Screenplay
Mika Orr & Miki Bencnaan
Producer
Danae Grandison, Mikooka Productions
Director of Photography
Owen Strock
Production Designer
Annie Chernecky
Sound
Brian Cushin
Editor
Shimon Spektor
Sound Design
Itai Matos
Music
Adam Ben Amitai (original music), Itamar Borochov (composer and performer of live trumpet scenes)
Animation & Design
Yaron Shin

Details

Running Time
15 min.
Shooting Format
4K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
2048x1080
Sound
Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILMSCHOOL

The School of Visual Arts,
NYC 209 E 23rd St, New York
NY 10010, USA

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Mikooka Productions
4 Hata’asiya street
Tel Aviv 6713904, Israel

www.mikooka.net

DIRECTOR

Mika Orr

mika@mikooka.com
https://www.mikaorr.com/
newspapers in Israel:
https://www.mikaorr.com/prprofessionalcuddler

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6772422/? ref_=nm_knf_t2 https://www.facebook.com/ProfessionalCuddler Movie/

Official Trailer
https://vimeo.com/219453243