Come Away With Me
Director: Ellen Gerstein
Producer: Ellen Gerstein, Julie Janata
Writer: Ellen Gerstein
Cinematographer: Polly Morgan
Editor: Julie Janata
Synopsis:Come Away With Me, is about an inter-racial couple, sweethearts in the sixties, who were torn apart by war and social pressure. Anne goes back to her high school reunion looking for her one true love Michael a war hero suffering from PTSD and Alzheimer's.
Screening Time: 2:15 pm
Saturday, September 24th, 2016
Web Site: www.comeawaywithmethemovie.com
DIRECTOR AND LEAD:
Ellen Gerstein is an actor, writer, director and member of Women In Film, The Alliance of Women Directors, and The Actors Studio. She wrote and directed Waiting For Ronald, which won international awards for its inspiring story of a mentally challenged man creating a new independent life. Her feature script, Just South of Normal, won the Roy W. Dean Screenwriting Grant. She co-wrote and starred in a short film, Silent Laughter out of the prestigious AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Ellen has worked with actors and directors such as Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, and Mimi Leder. Ellen also co- wrote, co-produced and starred in the award winning interactive play Club Disco, which ran for eight months at the Lillian. She brought her experience
￼as a licensed therapist and standup comedienne to the stage, writing and starring in her one-woman show, My Psychotherapy Comeback Tour, which was a semi-finalist in the Samuel French Short Play Contest and played in the New York Fringe Festival.
Ellen Gerstein's film credits include her most recent roles in Control: A Love Story, America is Still the Place, Treasure Of The Black Jaguar, and Swelter with Alfred Molina. Her television credits include recurring roles as Aunt Rande on Shameless for Showtime and as Tina on The Whole Truth for ABC. Ellen was also in the TV Movie, James Dean, acting along side Kathy Bates, James Franco and director, Mark Rydell. Currently, Gerstein is working on a series, Ronald and Edgar, a webisode comedy for her character, Sylvia’s Just Sayin’ and a documentary, Not Dead Yet, featuring award winning woman directors. Ellen is a judge for a prestigious screenwriting grant and several film festivals. As an acting teacher and coach, Ellen has a scholarship program for young actors in her class. Ellen studied acting with Lee Strasberg, script analysis with Stella Adler, and is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio.
PRODUCER AND EDITOR: Julie Janata is an Emmy Award-winning producer, director, and editor of independent films. She is a story builder, crafting character-driven narrative and documentary features that have won critical acclaim and more than twenty awards around the world, including multiple Emmy nominations, the FIPRESCI International Critic’s Prize, and an independent Spirt Award nomination. Her films have been honored with a Mac Arthur Foundation grant and screened by special invitation of the United Nations, U.S. Senate, Democratic National Convention, and the U.S. State Department’s International American Film Showcase. Five films have been acquired by Showtime, three by PBS, as well as international theatrical and television
￼distribution. Julie was trained by some of the world’s best filmmakers on Oscar and Emmy-winning productions in the U.S., Europe, New Zealand, and Africa. She has worked for every major studio— Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, Fox, Sony and Disney—as well as ABC, CBS, PBS, HBO and ESPN. She started her career in high school as a camera operator, became Assistant Promotion Director of an ABC TV station in college, then came to Hollywood as a Cinematography Fellow at the American Film Institute.
A member of the Producers Guild and Editors Guild, Julie is dedicated to diversity in media, through volunteering as President Emeritus of Alliance of Women Directors and as Co-Chair of the Producers Guild Diversity Committee.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Polly Morgan has emerged as a fresh young talent at the forefront of independent cinema. Since graduating from the American
Film Institute a short three years ago, Morgan has shot eight features, which have played at Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and have won numerous awards for Best Cinematography—including the Gerald Hirshfeld ASC Award. In the last two years, Morgan has been part of the BSC’s “New Wave,” heralded as an ASC “Rising Star” and been included in the Local 600’s “Generation Next.” Morgan’s work is not limited to independent film, working on the hit FX show, American Horror Story, and BBC’s, Call The Midwide. Morgan also works in the commercial market shooting for
large brands such as BMW and Target. From London to Los Angeles, Mumbai to Fiji, Morgan has traveled around the globe with an eye for arresting imagery and a desire to share the stories of the human experience.