This movie will be played on:
All screenings will take place at
COLLEGE OF THE DESERT | POLLOCK THEATER
43500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, CA
A Lynchian psychological thriller, “SICK” tells the story of a deeply troubled relationship, exploring the polarity of unhealthy love, abuse and the duality of human nature as a whole.
A Latinx actor, writer, producer and director, Jackie Quinones began her career in entertainment at Daddy’s House Recording Studios under Bad Boy Entertainment. She worked closely with rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs and producer Mario “Yellowman” Winans, as well as accomplished artists such as J.Lo, Jay Z, Kanye West, 112, Faith Evans, Loon and more. She went on to work with Trevor “Busta Rhymes” Smith’s Flipmode Entertainment (a subsidiary label of music industry mogul Clive Davis’ J Records), and Violator Management owned by music industry heavyweights Mona Scott and the late Chris Lighty (representatives of artists such as LL Cool J, 50 Cent and Macy Gray).
Jackie transitioned into film when she was cast as a major supporting role in the 2003 independent breakthrough film Anne B. Real. The two-time Independent Spirit Award nominated film helped her make her mark as one of New York’s newest rising talents. She went on to work in off-Broadway productions such as LATINOLOGUES, The Ortiz Sisters of Mott Haven, and Working, as well as the short films One Way Street and Skirting The Issues written by Franc Reyes (Empire). Jackie’s feature work includes Mario Van Peebles’ Hard Luck where she stars opposite Wesley Snipes and Luis Guzman, Columbia Pictures’ Freedomland starring Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore, and more. She’s also hosted the nationally syndicated television shows American Latino TV and LatiNation while regularly guest speaking on New York’s Hot 97.1 topical radio talk show Street Soldiers hosted by Lisa Evers.
Interested in producing her own content, Jackie began working behind the scenes with some of Hollywood’s most respected producers including Craig Baumgarten (St. Elmo’s Fire, Hook, The Abyss, Universal Soldier), Arnold Rifkin (16 Blocks, Live Free or Die Hard, Jackie Brown), Michael London (Milk, Win/Win, Thirteen), Brian Reilly (Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Don Juan DeMarco, The Santa Clause), Larry Kasanoff (Platoon, Dirty Dancing, Terminator 2), Bill Dear (Angel’s in the Outfield, Harry and the Hendersons), and Mark Koch (Lost in Space, The Perfect Game). She associate produced NBC Universal’s docu-reality series FROM BEYOND before moving on to work as a development consultant at mini-major studio STX. Jackie is now writing and producing her own content under her production banner CUE SHOT PRODUCTIONS.
I’ve wanted to work in films ever since my second grade teacher cast me as Dorothy in our stage play of “The Wizard of Oz”. I must have watched the film thirty times, each time falling more and more in love with the medium. (To this day, I still know it backwards and forwards.) However, my short-lived career as a Broadway star ended abruptly after my horrible rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, and instead, I began writing.
My approach to writing is simple: I strive for consistency, originality, honesty and above all, intrigue. I only write about things that interest me enough to keep digging – which more often than not, lead me into the dark recesses of the brain, psychology and the macabre. Rather than provide answers, I like to explore the deeper questions with my work.
I wrote “SICK” with the intention of telling a story about abusive relationships from the inside. It’s a passion project that originated in a dark dream and subconscious thought that I felt compelled to wander through. What materialized was a Lynchian genre piece that explores love and choice. Rather than taking an objective look at abuse, I toy with the subjective perspective in an attempt to express the duality of the way those in abusive relationships feel. While trite, it’s true, there’s a thin line between love and hate.
“SICK” is my directorial debut and first short film. I hope it sparks conversation about the intricacies of abuse and ways in which we can approach resolving such deep-seated pain through understanding rather than judgement.