(2016) (United States)
Screening Block E Grand Finale Sat Feb 24 8PM
Caught in the gears of the 2014 US immigration crisis, when over 52,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the border, twelve-year old Ana arrives at an immigration detention center with nothing but the clothes on her back, her mute, younger brother, and a treasured music box. She soon finds that seeking safety will cost more than she bargained for.
Director/Writer: Mary-Lyn Chambers
Producers: Katherine Borda, Codie Oliver & Stephen Love, Jr.
Mary-Lyn Chambers is an award-winning filmmaker born in Suva, Fiji, and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. As a writer/director, Chambers has made four short films: The Twenty-Seventh Hour, The Rain Has Forgotten Us, Debris (Escombros) and The Plural of Blood. She is a Directing Fellow in both the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program and Film Independent’s diversity mentorship program: Project Involve. In 2016/2017 she was short-listed for the AFI Directing Workshop for Women and the WB Emerging Film Directors Workshop.
Debris (Escombros) was screened in three programs during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and traveled to festivals in Canada, Iran, the US and the UK. The film won several awards including “Best International Short” at the Manchester International Film Festival, “Best Dramatic Short” from the 2016 Alliance of Women in Media Genii Awards, “Best Screenplay” at the Largo Film Awards, “3rd Prize in Drama” at the United Latino International Film Festival, “Best Female Director” at the Hollyshorts Film Festival and “Honorable Mention” at the Ojai Film Festival.
Her new film, The Plural of Blood, is just beginning the festival circuit and already winning awards. The film explores the complex strain and texture as a mixed-race police family comes to terms with the shooting of an unarmed boy. She is currently developing her first feature film set in modern-day Qatar and an episodic concept set in 1920s Tijuana.
Chambers strives to hire women and minorities in leadership roles while tackling stories in the social justice/effecting-change space. She has spent several years working for Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival and many prestigious film festivals. She resides in Los Angeles, California and maintains strong ties to New Zealand and Qatar. She holds memberships at AWD: Alliance of Women Directors; Film Independent; Film Powered and Women In Media.
Filmmaker site: www.marylynchambers.com