Scouting films at the Tribeca Film Festival every year really pays off! Our 2011 opening night film, Maria My Love, premiered in 2011 at Tribeca and is a perfect example of great independent filmmaking. The film takes the time to explore the universal theme of loss and how one tries to recover through the grief, but with an intimacy that envelops the audience. Something most people can really connect with. Jasmine McGlade Chazelle is a first time director, and has also produced the acclaimed musical Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, directed by her husband Damien Chazelle. Director Jasmine McGlade Chazelle, Producer Tiana Matthews and actors Brian Rieger and Lauren Fales are all scheduled to attend the opening night.
About the film…Ana (Judy Marte) is a young woman trying to reimagine her life after her mother’s death during the course of one California spring. Filled with resentment over her father’s mistakes, Ana feels disconnected from herself and everyone around her. Swept up by new romance (Brian Rieger) and a warm reunion with her half-sister (Lauren Fales), Ana is so taken by the newfound support and love in her life that she sets out to find someone—anyone other than herself—to help. She finds a volunteer project in Maria (Karen Black), a reclusive hoarder who has alienated her own family with her compulsive behavior. As the two become unlikely friends and confidantes, Ana finds herself in an emotionally complex relationship that reveals some uncomfortable truths about herself.