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"My career just wasn't tough enough, so I woke up one morning and decided to change my sex." Read more

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"My career just wasn't tough enough, so I woke up one morning and decided to change my sex."

About this project

MYRNA is a groundbreaking, original dramedy television series!

Synopsis:

After a successful career in front of the camera and on the stage, an actor is willing to sacrifice everything when she finally confronts her true gender identity and transitions from male-to-female.

We follow Myrna as she struggles to find work as an actress, wrestles with a manager who still wants to send her out as her former-famous self, Michael and deals with the drama of her friends' reactions as they make an effort to come to terms with Myrna and her life-altering transition.

NEW!!! CAST INTERVIEW!!!

Alexandra Billings talks about her relationship with Marlo Bernier, how she got on the show and her character's connection with Myrna and the universal impact this television show will have on the world ~

David Mattey talks about his history working with Marlo, Jennifer and Ted. As well as his role in Myrna as Franklin.

Myrna cast member, Paul McKinney talks about his role as L.L. Lewis, Myrna's manager and his relationship with Marlo and the character Myrna, as well as the universal impact this television series will have.

Myrna cast member Laura Orrico discusses her love for Myrna creator Marlo Bernier, her outlandish character and her passion for funding this groundbreaking new show!

Actress and producer, Jennifer Fontaine discusses her involvement in the Myrna television series, the importance of rallying the crowdfunding community together to deliver this groundbreaking story to television and how it will change the landscape of TV once they do.

Who is Myrna?

Marlo Bernier - Myrna Creator and Star
Marlo Bernier - Myrna Creator and Star

Marlo Bernier brings 50 plus years of living to the table, as well as over two decades of solid work on both stage and screen. On stage (Mark) Bernier repeatedly delivered award-winning performances in roles such as, Roy Cohn in Angels in America; Parts I and II, the twins John/James in Love! Valour! Compassion!, and Berg in God's Country. Along with memorable guest roles in COLD CASE, Homicide: Life on the Street, Las Vegas and ALIAS. And on the larger screen in The Last Time We Were… and in Fincher’s ZODIAC.

Marlo's inspiring and life-changing story!

From my very earliest childhood memories, I knew I was a girl. I loved tutus, playing dress up, and especially putting on my mother's makeup. It wasn't until later, in my teens, that I found out the adults called it something else. I was a transsexual, but kept telling myself that it was just a phase. I joined the airforce, played in bands overseas, did copious amounts of heroin, got married, acted my heart out and yet, always deep down inside there was this knowledge that I wasn't being true to who I was. I wasn't happy. 

Flash forward to 2007 when I was faced with a choice; transition or die. I chose to live and in so doing I knew it would be impossible to continue to keep secrets and so I pulled on my Big Girl Panties and put it all on the line, publicly, as I transitioned from male-to-female/Mark-to-Marlo. 

I have lost a few friends and family along the way. The calls to audition ceased. Yes, I sacrificed much, but in return I gained much more, so much more. But amazingly, my relationships with a large majority of my family, friends and colleagues only flourished and strengthened and that has certainly never been more evident than seeing the quality of artisans who have graciously and enthusiastically attached themselves to Myrna. 

I do want you to understand that though Myrna will tackle some pretty serious issues that it is not a funeral dirge, nor some sordid peek into the transsexual world, but rather a celebration of life. 

Yes, life with all its idiosyncrasies that every single one of us possess, no matter where we come from, or where we’re headed. True, we are all different, however our respective journeys though unique remain at their very core symbiotic. 

Bottom-line; I and all of us are fully aware and respectful of that with which we’ve been entrusted and we know that at the end of the day as we produce this show, we will have to ask ourselves; did we tell the truth, no matter the cost? I trust by now you know the answer to that. 

Ultimately by showing you, our audience this life of mine from Myrna's world-view, I believe that we will in a very large way continue in an effort to break down the barriers. 

Sincerely, 

Marlo Bernier
Creator of Myrna

 Writer/Director, Ted Campbell

Ted Campbell - Writer/Director
Ted Campbell - Writer/Director

A fifteen year veteran of the film industry, Ted Campbell has worked on over thirty independent films including Miranda July's "The Future" and the Sundance award winner "Quinceanera." As a screenwriter, Ted won the grand prize in Script Shark's Insider Screenplay contest for his neo-noir, thriller "Blue Motel." He also wrote the screenplay adaptation of the young adult novel "You Have The Write To Remain Violent" (Quantum Releasing) and the historical drama "Dream I Have" for producer Yoko Kubota. He wrote, directed and produced the short film "Shadow on the Wall," directed the short comedy "Breaking Bread" and co-directed the zombie-romance-musical-comedy "Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story." Ted is currently producing, editing and scoring the short film "Snuff." "Rigamortis" is repped by New Video and available on iTunes.

Director of Photography, Sandra Valde-Hansen

Sandra Valde-Hansen - Director of Photography
Sandra Valde-Hansen - Director of Photography

After seven years as a camera assistant and operator, Sandra Valde decided it was time to pursue a full-time career as a cinematographer. She applied to the prestigious American Film Institute and was accepted into their MFA program in Cinematography. While at AFI, Sandra honed her craft in the art of visual storytelling, learning from the master cinematographers and deepening her knowledge of light and composition. She has had the invaluable opportunity to mentor under Stephen Lighthill, ASC, Steven Poster, ASC, Larry Parker, and Alan Caso, ASC.

Since graduating from AFI, Sandra has been able to take her passion of cinematography throughout all mediums of storytelling. Sandra shot the last season of the very popular MUN 2 Reality show, The Chicas Project, which brought Sandra across the country. Sandra had the lifetime opportunity of shooting Indie guru, Gregg Araki’s last feature KABOOM that was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and 2011 Sundance Film Festival. KABOOM was released in 40 cities around the US under IFC. Sandra continues to shoot powerful stories in the realm of independent narrative and documentary. Sandra is also presently on faculty in the AFI Cinematography Department.

Production Designer, Warren Alan Young

Warren Alan Young
Warren Alan Young

Mr. Young’s first full feature film as production designer was the critically acclaimed Polish Brother’s film Twin Falls Idaho. Subsequently, Mr. Young has designed films and television projects where the design of the set are as equally relied upon in telling the story as are the performances of the actors, and the strength of the story. With production design credits for films like Akeelah and the Bee, Talk to Me, and The Secret Life of Bees, as well as the Sony/TNT episodic HawthoRNe, Mr. Young has continually strived to demonstrate his desire to create worlds that are as real, detailed, and informative as the worlds that surround us all.

The Passion People putting Myrna together (aka the Producers)!

Marlo Bernier, Ted Campbell, Alexis Van Der Gaag, Jennifer Fontaine, Matthew Olson and Merrideth Lesyshyn

Our Rockstar Myrna Cast!

Jennifer Fontaine as Maxine
Jennifer Fontaine as Maxine
Paul McKinney as L.L. Lewis
Paul McKinney as L.L. Lewis
Alexandra Billings as Holland Hollis
Alexandra Billings as Holland Hollis
David Mattey as Franklin
David Mattey as Franklin
Laura Orrico as Dr. Füklit
Laura Orrico as Dr. Füklit
Deacon Ledges as Oscar
Deacon Ledges as Oscar
Thomas Colby as Buzz
Thomas Colby as Buzz
Beverly Ann Smith as Jan
Beverly Ann Smith as Jan
Ian Harvie as Bob2
Ian Harvie as Bob2
Jake Finney as Bob1
Jake Finney as Bob1
Cristina Van Valkenburg Mattey as Nina
Cristina Van Valkenburg Mattey as Nina
Jessica Savano
Jessica Savano

Our Myrna Crew is being assembled as you help us move closer to starting Pre-Production and we can't wait to introduce them to you, our supporters! 

Stay tuned for frequent updates, Cast & Crew interviews, a sneak peek at the Myrna rehearsal process, location scouting and more on this page and stay connected to us via our facebook page and twitter!!

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