EXCLUSIVE: Debra Eisenstadt, the writer, co-producer, co-editor and director of Imaginary Order, the drama that just premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, has signed with Gersh. Wendi McLendon-Covey, Christine Woods and Max Burkholder star in the pic, which bowed Saturday at the Library Center Theatre.
Imaginary Order centers on Cathy (McLendon-Covey), who struggles to maintain control and significance amidst fears her husband’s having an affair and her 13-year-old daughter is becoming estranged. She retreats to her sister’s home where she cat-sits, compulsively cleans and spies on a neighboring family. When Cathy eventually becomes the object of the teenage neighbor’s obsession, he threatens to unravel everything, from her precarious marriage to her daughter’s innocence to her own wavering sanity.
Eisenstadt’s credits include the 2016 SXSW film Before the Sun Explodes; 2006’s The Limbo Room starring Melissa Leo and Peter Dinklege; and Daydream Believer, which won her the Someone to Watch Award at the 2002 Spirit Awards. She also co-executive produced the documentaries Jane and Cobain: Montage of Heck with her husband Brett Morgen.
She started her career as an stage and screen actor, and starred in David Mamet’s theater and movie versions of Oleanna opposite William H. Macy.