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Film screening: "The Rest I Make Up"

Event Type
Film Screening
Sponsor
Department of Latina/Latino Studies
Location
160 English Building
Date
Mar 6, 2019   7:00 pm  
E-Mail
lls-studies@illinois.edu
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Originating Calendar
Latina/Latino Studies Event Calendar

Screening of "The Rest I Make Up" followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Michelle Memran.

Prior to the film screening, in honor of Fornés' expansive playwriting legacy, the Brown Theatre Collective will perform a scene from one of her earliest plays–The Successful Life of 3 (1965).

Maria Irene Fornés is one of America's greatest playwrights and most influential teachers, but many know her only as the ex-lover of writer and social critic Susan Sontag. The visionary Cuban-American dramatist constructed astonishing worlds onstage, writing over 40 plays and winning nine Obie Awards. At the vanguard of the nascent Off-Off Broadway experimental theater movement in NYC, Fornés is often referred to as American theater's "Mother Avant-Garde." When she gradually stops writing due to dementia, an unexpected friendship with filmmaker Michelle Memran reignites her spontaneous creative spirit and triggers a decade-long collaboration that picks up where the pen left off.

The duo travels from New York to Havana, Miami to Seattle, exploring the playwright's remembered past and their shared present. Theater luminaries such as Edward Albee, Ellen Stewart, Lanford Wilson, and others weigh in on Fornés 's important contributions. What began as an accidental collaboration becomes a story of love, creativity, and connection that persists even in the face of forgetting.

To view the trailer of the film visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut6_LeYuHtQ.

To learn more about the film visit http://therestimakeup.com/.

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