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GRACE
 
GRACE
 
NY Premiere

Director: Chris Ordal

United States, 2015, 13min
Format: Digital (screening) - RED (shooting)
Festival Year: 2016
Category: Short Narrative
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Winner: Best Actress In A Short

Cast:  Marisa Vitali, Stephanie Brait, Alysia Reiner, Zach Grenier, Chris Kerson, Richard Millen, Vincent Petrosini, James Heaphy
Crew:  Producers: Marisa Vitali, Chris Ordal, Alysia Reiner, Claudine Marrotte - Screenwriters: Chris Ordal - Cinematographer: Lyn Moncrief - Editor: Thad Nurski - Composer: Peter Gruys
Email:  vitali.marisagmail.com
web:  www.grace-the-movie.com

synopsis
GRACE tells the story of a recovering addict trying to create a new life her herself. Janice has been trying for years to keep her act together, with the goal of getting her daughter back at home with her. She finally has a chance to prove that she can be the mother she wants to be... and prove to herself that she has truly recovered from her addiction. Today Janice has a chance to get it all back. She has to work a shift at the Depot Diner, then it's off to family court to battle for custody of her daughter. Having celebrated her first year clean from drug addiction she is ready for the next step; to be a mother to her daughter again. Her powerful ex husband not only has custody of GRACE but is also an addict deep in his addiction. Janice has gathered her courage to face the day, the courts, her ex husband and her daughter. Janice works the breakfast shift before heading to the city for family court. She has all the logistics planned, to make it to court on time. When one of the other waitresses leaves in the middle of her shift her boss Johnny tells us she has to stay and cover the lunch shift. Or she is fired. With her job on the line and probation hanging over her head, Janice must make a life changing decision. She wonders if this is too much for her. Can she even handle the responsibility of being a mom? Will she do the right thing or will she say screw it and go back to using? Today (like every other day of the past year) she must make that decision. But this time, the stakes are higher.

director
Chris Ordal is an award-winning writer/director. Born in the Midwest, Ordal went on to study filmmaking at the University of Kansas. After finishing college, Ordal co-founded a commercial production company, creating spots for corporations like H&R Block and Sprint, documentaries for the National Endowment for the Arts, filming area concerts and creating original short-form content. Ordal wrote, co-produced and directed nearly all of the company's efforts, but it wasn't long before he grew tired of selling stories and wanted to focus on telling stories that were truly compelling. After years of building relationships and working with talented crew, Ordal wrote, produced and directed his first narrative feature, Earthwork, starring Academy Award Nominee John Hawkes. Earthwork was an independent film made entirely outside of the industry, yet went on to play in more then 50 film festivals in the US alone, winning more than 20 Best Feature Film Awards, multiple Audience Awards, multiple Best Director Awards and won the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Opening Title Sequence Design at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. The success of Earthwork led Ordal to move to Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife collecting experience, stories and vinyl.
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filmmaker's note
I felt like a turtle without a shell, raw and emotionally exposed. This was the story I wanted to tell in the film Grace. Anyone can watch a film and learn how to shoot a bag of dope or smoke a crack pipe. I wanted to tell a story of hope and recovery and bridge a gap between addicts and non-addicts to start that conversation of recovery. There is something to be said about how we can all be a little more compassionate for one’s struggles to overcome against all odds. If I can reach one person with this film, I feel my job of being of service is complete.

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