Mara Lee Gilbert What's Left
A young woman in prison for manslaughter is involved in a pen-pal relationship with a young man, who's fiancee has been killed. Both are in search of peace and redemption but must face their pasts, together, for better or worse.
"Art is the flaw captured beautifully
that we may have compassion for our ugliest ugly."
Mara is an award-winning and published actress/writer/producer living in New York City. She writes for stage and screen. Her work has most recently been showcased in in both New York and Los Angeles in notable festivals. She has a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology and has worked for the past 11 years counseling NYC's most difficult populations. She taught drama inside a women's prison and ran the first ever drama therapy group inside the notorious Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center for the criminally insane. She pulls from these experiences often in her writing. She is moved to examine the spiritual nature of all human experiences, including the darkest, under a lens of compassion.
"What's Left was especially inspired by my two summers teaching a drama workshop with one of my professors inside Bayview Correctional Facility, a women's prison, in Manhattan. I wanted to look at how the past can muddle our decisions in the present, especially if we are trying to change course in life. And how, even in the most dire of circumstances, and through the most horrific forms of behavior, we strive to connect with each other. There is almost always something poignant and hopeful in the stories of offenders, whether or not it is realized. The hope of always reaching for what else is possible." -Mara Lee Gilbert
Developing a dramatic television series examining the micro and macrocosmic nature of
institutionalization, set inside a Forensic Psychiatric Center, based on some of my real experiences.
Working towards an Off-Broadway production of my play, Passage, which took 2nd place in the 2015 New York New Works Theatre Festival. It is now a full-length play and just had it's west coast premiere in Los Angeles with the Acting Out Ink Fest, a celebration of female playwrights.
Synopsis: A man about to die views death (and life) very differently, after an encounter with the woman hired to euthanize him, on the night he plans to die.
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AWARDS and international screenings for
Official Selection of the First Ever Digital Box Office Screening and Awards Series, 201
Official Selection of the CineArtistry Screening Series in Los Angeles, 2017
Semi-Finalist in the NexTV Entertainment Web Series and Indie Film Competition, 2016
Award of Merit for Artistic and Technical Achievement with the Best Shorts Competition, 2016
Thank you so much MARA for sharing your work with us!
Marina Bruno Cotton String
“Cotton String” is a feature film about two lower class, middle-aged men who decide to invest half their life savings in an idea that’s in the works by a drug dealer. The story follows a series of different events that each result in tragedy due to chaos and confusion. The entire film takes place in one day. The director’s father & mentor, Carlo Bruno - an Argentinian native actor and filmmaker - stars as Lucas, the leading role in the film.
Mostly known for her short film work, including Short Circuit (2013), Civil War (2012), Waste of a Fall (2014) & See How Easy That Was? (2015), Marina began her filmmaking career at a young age. She was first introduced to filmmaking at age 10 when she co-starred in her father, Carlo Bruno's independent feature film In April (2016). Following in her father's footsteps, the young filmmaker decided to make her first official short film at 16. She then founded her production company Wondering Pictures and in the next years created several new short film works. At 19, Marina wrote, directed, produced and edited her first feature film Cotton String (2015), making her one of the youngest ever established filmmakers in cinema history. She continues to create new works, all of which are showcased on her YouTube channel and in several film festivals across the globe.
MArina you ! thanks for sharing!