In Austin native Alexis Jacknow’s body anatomy chiller Clock, a married interior designer in her 30s begins to feel the pressure placed on her by her friends and her family to have a child. Played by Glee’s Dianna Agron, Ella does not want children and she appears to have the support of her husband Aidan (Jay Ali). But Ella is the grandchild of a Holocaust survivor, and her father Joseph (Saul Rubinek) continues to remind her that, as Jews, they are obligated to have children. Burdened by guilt, Ella enrolls in a clinical trial in an attempt to “fix” her “broken” biological clock. But the combination of cognitive behavioral and synthetic hormone replacement therapy Ella receives results in her experiencing strange and violent delusions that quickly threaten both her physical and mental wellbeing. Clock also stars Melora Hardin as Dr. Elizabeth Simmons, the director of the clinic personally overseeing Ella's treatment. Clock, which was shot in Austin, is now streaming at Hulu. Clock represents the feature film directorial debut of Austin native Alexis Jacknow, an actress who transitioned to directing with the short films Again and The One Who Brung You. Clock is based on the short film of the same name that Jacknow wrote and directed for 20th Digital Studio, which streamed in 2020 during season 1 of Hulu’s “Bite Sized Halloween” along with another horror short she directed, Costume Change. Jacknow based the script for the feature-length version of Clock on some of her personal experiences and observations, and learned after work was almost done on the film that she was pregnant. Jacknow is currently developing the horror film The Blindings and the drama The Villager as well as producing Ice Cream Man directed by another Austin native, Jon Salmon. Jacknow was 8-months pregnant at the time of this interview.
Aired: June 14, 2023.