Minerva's War Staged Reading
Sunday Sept 28th at 2:00PM
Director: Arlene Bogna
Writer: Jennifer Mulligan
Minerva’s War is the story of a feisty, elderly woman, who feels trapped by the choices she’s made. Confined to a wheelchair in a palliative care home, she unleashes her anger against anyone within striking distance of her sharp tongue. It’s only when she remembers her younger, wiser, and gentler self, that she begins to soften and understand that she can die with grace.
Director Arlene Bogna majored in film and literature at UCLA and then spent a year abroad studying cinema and mass media at the Universita di Bologna in Italy. She has a strong visual background in Art Direction, Motion Graphics, Illustration, Photography, and Visual Effects. Besides her film directing career, Arlene is a painter and photographer exhibiting in Los Angeles. Her artwork has been featured in ArtScene, Metromix, Los Angeles Times, MutualArt, SCWCA, & Experience LA. Arlene has won many awards including am ADDY, Telly, Platinum Aurora Award for Best of Show, a Davey, Accolade, and Remi and she has directed over thirty-five commercials and branded entertainment segments for clients like Almay, Sun Chips, Bertolli, and Chi among many others. Her film THE BALLAD OF SNAKE OIL SAM debuted at the prestigious Cannes Short Film Corner and is continuing its global festival run.
Jennifer Mulligan is an award winning screenwriter, story editor and creative producer from Ottawa, Canada. She's been screenwriting since 2005, and started a screenwriters group, The Writers’ Room Ottawa, in January 2011, to foster the art, business and craft of screenwriting for Ottawa indie productions. On the horizon, she and a producing partner excited to be launching Ottawa Film Scene in October. OFS will be a promotional tool for Ottawa filmmakers to showcase their work to the world. Since 2011, Jennifer has worked for Alex Epstein (Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Naked Josh) as a remote Research Assistant. She’s also worked on several of his short film productions in Montreal and Toronto. In Ottawa, she’s worked as an Assistant Director on several feature films.
As a result of the collaboration between screenwriters and directors through the Ottawa Digi60 Filmmakers Festival, Jennifer has had several of her scripts made into short films and travel the world to international film festivals. Algebra (2012), directed by Jith Paul, is an official selection at the National Screen Institute Online Film Festival (www.nsi-canada.ca), and Mary Mae (2011), directed by Kristian Lariviere, had its US premiere in New York and was selected in nine international Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals.
Jennifer decided to dive into filmmaking herself, and entered Sam: The Great White Land Shark (2013) into Digi60. It was based on her travels in Iceland earlier that year and the idea of a “leader sheep” in the indigenous flocks.
In 2015, Jennifer will also be producing and showrunning The Dart League Diaries, a web series that can best be described as Sex And The City and Trailer Park Boys.
Role: YOUNG MINERVA
Faye Kingslee was born in Western Australia, but migrated over to Borneo when she was one. Her father is Chinese and mother is Irish and is fluent in English, Chinese and Malay. Her work in “Er Ren” was screened at the Venice International Film Festival and “Liberta” at the AFI Film Festival. She recurs on CBS’ Intelligence, guest starred in numerous television series and also played “Citra” the tribal warrior princess in the highly acclaimed videogame Far Cry 3. She is the creator of ‘Short Film Weekends’ a collective that produces short films which produced the first ever 3D web series for LG Electronics which screened at Sundance.
Reel : http://www.fayekingslee.net
Kaye Kittrell, is an actress, filmmaker, photographer, environmentalist, mom, and urban gardener. She has played roles on such TV shows as Alias, Gilmore Girls, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Becker, Wings, Cheers, Saturday Night Live and General Hospital. Kaye has performed in over a hundred commercials. She's a member of Alliance of Women Directors, Women in Film and Classic Theatre Lab, where she played the role of Ustinya in this summer's production in the park, "A Family Affair." For her YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/kittrellkaye , she creates, produces and hosts the Web show “Late Bloomer”http://www.latebloomershow.com/ , which seeks to inspire everyone to grow their own food.
Jeremiah Ocañas, is a multi-talented performer. He has played the lead role in the award winning films Drive By Chronicles: Ghostown, Choosing Signs, shot in Cork, Ireland, and Homebound, which he produced in Texas. Most recently he wrote, directed, and acted in B.O.O.S.T. a film which he invested his time and money for over a year to see the production through. His web series “NO KIDS. NO CRY. A Baby Mama Drama” was nominated for an Imagen Award. He writes and shoots music videos for the hip-hop group The Lone Stars and is Co-Founder and COO of Lone Stars Entertainment.
Role: NURSE JENKINS