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MIRRORS A MARY MARXEN FILM

THE FILM

LOGLINE: A distressed dancer must turn inward towards the haunting memories of her past in order to quiet her harshest critic yet - herself.

A poster for the film

SYNOPSIS: The story opens on center-stage where Crimson, a troubled dancer whose life's desire is to gain affection from anyone outside of herself, is performing a dance before a discerning crowd. On this particular night, Crimson’s inner critic has cleverly suggested that her audience has turned on her, setting off a spiraling panic attack. Crimson retreats inward and soon, the theater walls fall away. She begins a journey outside the realms of reality and into the memories that created her neurosis.

We find ourselves riding in a car through rolling California hills where a devastating, symbolic love scene between Crimson and an unsupportive lover reveals much about Crimson’s past and present. Rejected and forlorn, Crimson seeks validation in a nightclub where strangers seduce her with drinks and dance. Perhaps these are her people. But Crimson falters and loses her rhythm. In the alley behind the club, one of the dancers, Queen Dragula, imparts some wisdom on Crimson. And then, she’s alone again. She falls backwards into a blackout, landing suddenly on a plush carpet, her childhood carpet. A therapist is there who guides Crimson’s experience. Crimson takes her lead. The therapist closes her notebook.

Finally, we return to the stage where we left Crimson spiraling. Now, however, something has profoundly changed in her. The story is adapted from a series of poems written by writer/director Mary Marxen and inspired both by painful experiences in her own life and the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan’s concept of the Mirror Stage. Mary feels compelled to share Mirrors because she has done the work to now live the film’s message: Confronting your fears is the doorway to leading your fullest life.

MIRRORS IN THE NEWS

Psychology Today

"Women, Trauma, and Healing: What Mary Marxen Can Teach Us"

All original artwork created by Director, Mary Marxen

THE CAST

MEREDITH WEBSTER – CRIMSON

Meredith Webster, winner of the Princess Grace Award and Ballet Master at The Alonzo King LINES Ballet in San Francisco, makes her acting debut as Crimson. Webster became the Ballet Master at LINES Ballet after dancing as a member of the company for nine seasons. She recently wrapped a duet project entitled Empress Archer, which she co-directed and performed with Ariel Freedman, produced by The Cambrians of Chicago. Previous work includes Spectrum Dance Theater, Ledoh/SaltFarm, Maureen Whiting Dance, and Prism Dance Theatre. She has taught dance around the world and contributed as a writer to Pointe, Dance Spirit, and Conversations' publications.

PAUL LEVI – THE PRIMORDIAL LOVER – TBD

QUEEN DRAGULA – TBD

The Mirrors team will be casting for all supporting roles and extras in the coming months. We will update this EPK as actors are confirmed.

THE CREW

MARY MARXEN – DIRECTOR/CO-WRITER

After a spiritual experience at a Hindu Ashram five years ago, Mary put her painting and drawing career on hold and follow her passion for acting. After graduating from an acting program in Berkeley, she received acceptance into the William Esper Studio in New York City. She now calls the big apple home and has performed in numerous stage productions and independent films around the Bay Area and New York. Mary's writing was featured and performed at such venues as StageWerx in San Francisco for August 2017 Action Fiction! performance series, Waterfront Playhouse and Conservatory in Berkeley, California, and The Alchemical Theater Lab in New York. She co-produced the web series, The Queens Luxury Oasis. In 2016, she co-created a woman's writing group, The Seven Sisters, which supports women in pursuit of writing and producing their own material. All the artwork shown in this EPK was created by Mary.

PRODUCER – WARD SORRICK

After more than 5 years of experience in the film and video production industry, Ward continues to bring unbridled enthusiasm, professionalism, and leadership to every project. His background in engineering, sales and management distinguish him as a producer with meticulous attention-to-detail, effective communication, and reliable execution. In his journey to become the best producer he can be, Ward has also explored both acting and directing. He studied the Meisner technique at the Waterfront Playhouse, comedy improv at The Groundlings, and scene study at Lesly Kahn & Company. You can find Ward contemplating the meaning of life in his cabin at Echo Lake or schralping some gnar on the slopes of Squaw Valley.

CO-PRODUCER – GENESIS DIAZ

With a passion for storytelling Genesis depicts themes of connection, adventure, culture, and discovery. After studying at UCLA film school, where her natural leadership and love of film came together with technical skills and professional coaching, Genesis moved to Los Angeles and began her journey as a Filmmaker and Creative in this dynamic industry. In all of her work, there is a commitment to a dream-like aesthetic and a social awareness that connects the conscious with the subconscious, the inner emotional world with the outer human experience. She recently wrote and directed a short film, Admana, which will have its world premiere at the Alameda International Film Festival in November.

CINEMATOGRAPHER - EVAN EDWARD WEIDENKELLER

Evan is a full time freelance Cinematographer and Creative Director. He has worked with many companies across the country including Philips, Thermo-Fischer, Google, and Genentech. He's won over 10 different awards for his short narrative films and has been featured on North Bay TV in addition to having a newspaper article written about his work with the Hayward Police Department. He also works with various Non-Profit Organizations (Coffee & Catchup and Bay Area Film Mixer) to help Film Makers in the Bay Area make a career for themselves in this industry.

CO-WRITER – IAN BOISVERT

Ian Boisvert is an actor, writer, and director who works in Europe and the US. In less than two years since launching his career, Ian has acted alongside Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones, Tulip Fever, The Danish Girl), Wolf Kahler (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Barry Lyndon) and Barry Del Sherman (There Will be Blood, American Beauty). He has made films with Nigel Galt (Eyes Wide Shut, Full Metal Jacket) and Oona Menges (Dirty Pretty Things). And he was in Tim Burton's Big Eyes. His work has screened twice at Cannes' Court Métrage, in London, Berlin, Paris and Los Angeles.

Mary's sketches of the cast and crew

SEED & SPARK

Through Seed & Spark we successfully raised $10K that will be used to pay and feed our crew.

You can visit the campaign page by clicking the button below. Follow the project to stay up-to-date on how we’re doing!

CREDITS (WIP)

Director - Mary Marxen

Based on a Collection of Poems by Mary Marxen

Written by Ian Boisvert and Mary Marxen

Produced by Ward Sorrick

Co-Producer - Genesis Diaz

Cast

Crimson - Meredith Webster

Voice of Crimson - Mary Marxen

Production

Assistant Director - Genesis Diaz

Choreographer - Meredith Webster

Director of Photography - Evan Edward Weidenkeller

Steadicam Operator - Nick Schwyter

1st AC - Ashley Venezuela

Gaffer - Ryan Nelson

CONTACT

If you are interested in helping spread the word about the film or getting involved in another way, please reach out to us using the contact information below.

mirrorsadancefilm@gmail.com - (925) 413-9991

THANK YOU!

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