With "Maria my love" tattooed on her wrist, actress Lauren Fales is eager to share her story of rebuilding her life after losing her mother to cancer.
We are a team of women filmmakers whose first produced feature films, GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH (www.guyandmadeline.com) and TiMER (www.TiMERthemovie.com) premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and who are looking to complete funding for a new feature film—Jasmine McGlade's first feature as writer/director—to begin shooting this fall.
MARIA MY LOVE is about a 22 year-old woman who, in an effort to recover from the death of her mother to cancer, sets out on a quest to help people but winds up encountering situations more emotionally and morally complicated than she had expected to find.
The money we raise on KickStarter will go toward equipment. If we exceed our goal, any additional money will be an enormous help in supporting the making of MARIA MY LOVE.
We plan to donate a portion of the proceeds from the finished film to a fantastic youth-focused cancer organization, IY (http://i2y.com/). IY strives to be a national leader in cancer advocacy, support and research, working exclusively on behalf of adolescents and young adults affected by cancer.
24-year old Lauren is working as a waitress in Brooklyn, waiting to figure out what she wants out of life. Once upon a time she aspired to be a performer, but her passions were put on hold when she spent a year in the hospital caring for her dying mother. Now it’s the one-year anniversary of her mother’s death, and, instead of dealing with the loss, Lauren throws herself into a relationship with an attractive out-of-work poet named Brian. Lauren's looking for a distraction; Brian's looking for love. The two are swept up into a whirlwind romance.
While Brian proves instrumental in helping Lauren heal, she becomes convinced she is meant to help another human being. What seems like a noble quest, however, causes friction with a reality more complicated than Lauren's ideals allow. Lauren meets a woman with the same name as her mother—Maria—and thinks she’s finally found the person she was meant to help. But when she discovers the woman is a compulsive hoarder who seems to be gradually loosing touch with the world outside her apartment, the challenge of helping her becomes more difficult than she ever imagined.
MARIA MY LOVE is a portrait of a woman in mourning and a study of loss— how it informs everyday interactions and permeates the lives of those left behind. It is a story about reconnection and recovery, about the small things people do to help each other, and the big dreams that sometimes run afoul of the real world.
The film is inspired by true events—actress Lauren Fales lost her mother to cancer at 21 and has been dealing with the loss ever since. MARIA MY LOVE is dedicated to Lauren’s mother, and to everyone who has lost a parent and found a way to continue living.
JASMINE McGLADE (Writer/Director): Jasmine McGlade (Writer/Director) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Littleton, Colorado and London, England. Jasmine graduated Harvard University in 2007, where she worked closely with award-winning filmmakers Gina Kim, Alfred Guzzetti, Robb Moss and Jan Schütte. After college Jasmine worked at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival and as assistant to Kimberly Peirce, writer/director of BOYS DON'T CRY and STOP LOSS. Most recently Jasmine produced the critically acclaimed feature-length jazz musical GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009 and has been nominated for a 2009 Gotham Award. NBC called the film “maybe the best movie ticket you buy all year,” Time Out New York named it “the true gem of 2009,” and Variety said of the film, “it could end up a bona-fide cult hit.” (For more information visit www.guyandmadeline.com.) Outside of filmmaking, Jasmine is also known as a national champion fencer and four-time U.S. Jr. World Team member. She has won the Junior Olympics, NCAA Championships, and the U.S. National Championships.
Jasmine currently lives in Los Angeles. MARIA MY LOVE will be her feature-length directorial debut.
LAUREN FALES (Actress): MARIA MY LOVE is a semi-autobiographical story inspired by Lauren Fales’ life. The London Independent called Lauren "transfixing" after her stage debut in "Breathing", and since then she has been an increasingly vibrant player in New York's Off and Off-Off Broadway and independent film scenes. She started her formal training at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX, and has also lived and studied in Santiago, Chile, and London, England. She is a graduate of The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and the Central School for Speech in Drama in London, and was only 17 when cast as the lead understudy in "House and Garden" at the Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre in Houston. She starred in the film TRUE STORY, which won Best Low-Budget Feature at Worldfest in Houston, and most recently starred in plays at the Algonquin and 45th Street Theaters.
JENNIFER GLYNN (Producer): Jennifer Glynn’s career has spanned employment in television news at the Voice of America, documentary film production at LucasFilm, and grassroots marketing for the Landmark Theatre Company. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Producing from the American Film Institute Conservatory and a BA in Film & Electronic Media from Bard College. Her first feature film, TiMER, recently had its world premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. (Please visit www.TiMERthemovie.com for more information) In addition to TiMER, she has produced and written numerous short films, videos, and webisodes. Jennifer currently works and resides in Los Angeles, CA.
TIANA MATTHEWS (Producer): Tiana Matthews was born in Poughkeepsie, New York and grew up splitting her time between Nigeria, where her parents are originally from, New York City, and the Hudson Valley Region of New York. Throughout her younger years, Tiana was active in front of the camera, both as a child model and actress, appearing in many stage and film productions, including the feature film, BOOK OF LOVE. While attending Harvard University, where she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority, Tiana ventured behind the camera, working with filmmakers such as Alfred Guzzetti, Robb Moss, and Ross McElwee. After graduating in 2008, she worked as an assistant to producer Rachael Horovitz, on the HBO Films Production GREY GARDENS, starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange. Upon completion of the film, Tiana started work at podcastGO, the online and mobile cable television network, where she is currently the Business Development Coordinator. Apart from work, Tiana also serves on the Junior Committee of the Quadrille Ball, a charity ball that raises money for exchange students between the United States and Germany. MARIA MY LOVE will be Tiana’s first feature film production. Tiana is also developing an untitled documentary about the lives of siblings of autistic children. She currently works for Teachscape and resides in New York City.
BRIAN OUTLAND (Cinematographer): A graduate of the American Film Institute’s Cinematography Program, Brian has studied under such notable ASC cinematographers as Stephen Lighthill and Bill Dill as well as participated in workshops with Robert Richardson, ASC; Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC; and Janusz Kaminski, among others. Born and raised in the foothills of Colorado, Brian's interest in film and storytelling led him to Boston University’s film program, where he shot several shorts. He later moved to New York City and worked as an assistant cameraman for some of the city’s premier cinematographers. While in New York, Outland also served as cinematographer on a number of shorts and music videos and shot his first feature, DOWN ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE. His most recent projects to date include TROPHY, an HBO Shout! Narrative short; PARTNERS, a television pilot and ITVF Comedy Winner; THE DUNNY PROJECT, a 35mm short; music videos for SUNDAY 15 DRIVERS and Italian star ELISA; 2nd Unit for KID CUDI (featuring KANYE WEST); and QUAKE, a 35mm short starring Chase Ellison (WRISTCUTTERS, MYSTERIOUS SKIN). Brian is currently based in Los Angeles and shoots portraiture photography when not behind a motion picture camera.
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