Cast for original short film
Tristan: Kane Prestenback
Pascal: Daniel Fay
Deloris: Barbara Spence
Louise: Lauren Gentile
Juan Carlos: Jeff Durante
Dry Cleaner: Sam De Jesus
Mrs. Dry cleaner: Annabella Alessandra de Jesus
Producer/writer/director: Cara Parmigiani
Assistant Producer/script supervisor/sewing: Meghan Hoke
Wardrobe/Puppet re-creation: Sandra Townsend
Assistant Director: Michelle Lai
Director of Photography: Jim Anderson
Assistant Cinematographer (Saturday): Steve Dassas
Editor: Sandy Chase
Original Score: Jalyn Anderson
Puppeteering consultant: Craig Marin [flexitoons]
Production assistant: Taffy Stinson
Lauren Gentiles makeup: Lauren Gentile, Sandra Townsend, Meghan Hoke
Jeff Durantes makeup (as Byrne): Diane Bainton
Key grip/stunt coordinator: mike respresa
Key grip (13th November): John Pope
Camera (13th November): John-Paul Parmigiani
Script supervisor (13th November): Annabella Alessandra de jesus
Craft: John Parmigiani [Jersey Boy Bagels/ Carmel Haifa]
Consulting: Inna Braude/ Ela Thier / Andrew Tjang/ Myles Golden
Locations: Seton Hall School of Law, Newark / Pallante Design LLC, Newark
Special thank you: Alex Leslie, Sciroco Financial Group
Single largest donator: Seton Hall Law Womens Law Forum
Reviews of original short film
Craig Livermore, Executive Director, NJ LEEP (NJ Law And Education Empowerment Project) "The students loved the film. It took complicated concepts of law and made them accessible to 9th graders. The students thought the ponies were funny and really enjoyed the scenes from older court cases."
Marc D. Garfinkle - Attorney and author of the popular $olo Contendere: How to Go Directly from Law School into the Practice of Law Without Getting a Job, as well as The Hip-Pocket Guide to Testifying in Court, The New Lawyers Hip-Pocket Guide to Appearing in Court, and The Hip-Pocket Guide to Speaking in Public. He is a featured faculty member of Lawline.com. and SoloPracticeUniversity, providing accredited training to other lawyers.Marc writes a regular column, Mentor 411 for the California state bar magazine, New Esquire."
"Who would have thought that the hope of the legal profession may depend upon the success of a couple of puppet ponies? As a practicing attorney for over thirty years, a law school teacher and a former attorney ethics committee chair, I know the issues of image and integrity that threaten our profession and even endanger our system of jurisprudence. As a fan of Cara Parmagiani and her amazing puppet ponies, I hope that Providence gives them the exposure they deserve.
"This is a tonic the profession could use. For seventeen enchanting minutes, extraordinarily deft puppets interact with human actors to tell a story with the broadest appeal and a healthy dose of humor.about res ipsa loquitur!!! With a naiveté that brilliantly demystifies the law, these two pony partners can play countless roles. They can certainly educate youngsters about lawyers and the law, Caras original intent. But this pony show is also a superb vehicle to refresh attorneys professional education, such as in Legal Ethics. Perhaps most importantly, these embraceable equines cast a much-needed friendly light on lawyers, and that, to be sure, has been a long time coming. I easily see them starring in an ABA ad campaign: The Law is a (sic) Ass! Vive Pascal! Vive Tristan! Vive Cara!"
David M. White - Director, Conflict Management Program, Seton Hall University School of LawHe is an alumnus of the elite FBI Citizens Academy, a member in good standing of the FBI InfraGard Alliance and a frequent invited quest of both the New York City Citizens Crime Commission and the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Respect for Law Alliance, Inc. and performs pro bono service as trial counsel to members of the NYPD before that agencys internal disciplinary forum.
"At its heart, legal education is about promoting access to justice. In their unassuming way, the Ponies embrace the core values of our profession. They foster client autonomy and are zealous, though collegial, adversaries. This short does for the law what "Patch Adams" did for medicine: It humanizes a process that is by turns confusing and seemingly inequitable. The series shows great promise to make the law readily accessible to people of all ages."