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The Rest I Make Up with Michelle Memran

Date(s): Thursday, March 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
FilmBar, 815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Film Screening
Genre and Form(s): Drama, Stageplays
Cost: Free

About this Event

The ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing are hosting a screening of Michelle Memran’s award-winning documentary feature debut, "The Rest I Make Up" at FilmBar in Phoenix March 14, 2019. Memran will be in attendance and give a talk at the screening. Tickets are free.


About the Film

The film’s title is taken from a lyric by playwright Maria Irene Fornes. Fornes, who has been called the greatest and least known dramatist of our time, has written over 40 plays, won nine OBIE awards, and mentored thousands of playwrights across the globe. When she stops writing due to Alzheimer’s disease, a friendship with a young writer reignites her visionary creative spirit, triggering a film collaboration that picks up where the pen left off. That young writer, Michelle Memran, started filming as a way to keep the creative process alive for both her and Fornes. “The Rest I Make Up” follows Fornes and her memories, weaving together footage of the present with archival from the past, all the while moving mentor and student toward an ever-deepening connection in the face of forgetting.

About the Author

Photograph of Michelle Memran

Michelle Memran is a documentary filmmaker, illustrator, and journalist. For nearly twenty years she has worked as a reporter and researcher in New York City, and has written for numerous publications. Her award-winning documentary feature debut, "The Rest I Make Up," had its World Premiere at MoMA's Doc Fortnight on February 16th, 2018, and returned to MoMA in August for a weeklong run. It was just named one of "The Best Movies of 2018" by Richard Brody in The New Yorker. 

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