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MANIC
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MANIC
 
East Coast Premiere

Director: Kate Marks

United States, 2016, 17min
Format: Digital (screening) - HD (shooting)
Festival Year: 2018
Category: Short Narrative
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Cast:  Shanice Williams, Dot-Marie Jones, Russell Andrews, Nicki Micheaux, VyVy Nguyen, Charan Prabhakar, Kash Abdulmalik, Erica Gluck, Sydney Sweeney, Alexandra Weaver, Valentina Murra, Emily Hinkler, Elizabeth Hinkler
Crew:  Producers: Kimberley Browning, Kelly Edwards - Screenwriters: Yolanda Carney - Cinematography: Sandra Valde-Hansen - Music: Sage Lewis - Production Design: Adriana Serrano - Editor: Varun Viswanath - Costume Design: Patty Malkin
Email:  KateKateMarks.net
web:  www.katemarks.net

synopsis
Aurora, an obsessive overachiever is hell-bent on getting into Yale. However, when a manic episode lands her in a school for kids with mental illness, she must learn to adjust to a bizarre world colored by her daily dose of lithium. She is determined not to fall behind and escape this school of freaks where SAT prep takes a backseat to classes like Hip Hop 101. But when Aurora is forced to face a mental illness she didn't know she had, she begins to wonder if she is just as messed up as the school around her.

director
Kate Marks is a 2016 HBO Access Directing and a 2013 Project Involve fellow at Film Independent where she received the Barbara Boyle Award. Her award winning short films (Pearl Was Here, Homebody, 7 Day Gig, and Miracle Maker) continue to screen all over the world. Highlights include Slamdance, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, and broadcasting on PBS. She is a graduate of CalArts (MFA) and Brown University (BA). Additionally Kate teaches filmmaking in public schools, prisons, senior centers, and parks. Her work with a wide range of students can be felt in her stories, which focus on the need to be witnessed.
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filmmaker's note
I directed MANIC as part of the HBO Access Directing Fellowship where I collaborated with screenwriter Yolanda Carney. This short film is the pilot episode of a larger TV series that explores the main character’s addiction to over-achievement. As a former high school class president, trombonist, triathlete, honors student, environmental club treasurer, and school newspaper editor who averaged about three hours of sleep a night, this is a high school girl I can relate to.

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