Split Ticket

In 1947, newly-minted congressmen and future presidents John F. Kennedy, age 29, and Richard Nixon, age 34, travel to Pennsylvania where they must make a fateful decision. A supernatural drama based on true events.

SPLIT TICKET is the winner of the Director’s Award Grand Prize at the 2016 Rhode Island International Film Festival, Best Fantasy Film at the 2016 Dragon Con in Atlanta – the largest multi-media, popular culture convention in the world, and Best Dramatic Short at the 2016 Adirondack Film Festival in Glens Falls, New York. The film is a 2016 Official Selection of the Boston Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest, Cleveland International Film Festival, DC Shorts, Napa Valley Film Festival, New Hampshire Film Festival, Orlando Film Festival, Knoxville Film Festival, and ITVFest sponsored by HBO, CBS and the Writers Guild of America East.

In April of 1947, just three months after being sworn in as freshman congressmen, Kennedy and Nixon took a trip together to McKeesport, Pennsylvania,” said writer/director Alfred Thomas Catalfo. “They debated an upcoming labor bill before a civic group of 150 people at the Penn-McKee Hotel, then went to the Star Diner for hamburgers. Leaving at midnight, they shared a sleeping compartment on the Capitol Limited overnight train through the Allegheny Mountains back to Washington, where they had a vote the next day. They drew straws for the lower bunk, which Nixon won. I thought that fascinating true event would make a captivating jumping-off point for a Twilight Zone-ish story about two American icons.