The Rest I Make Up
With Michelle Memran
The visionary Cuban-American dramatist and educator Maria Irene Fornes spent her career constructing astonishing worlds onstage and teaching countless students how to connect with their imaginations. 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 Fornes’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.
|Country, Year||United States, 2018|
|Runtime||79 MINS, 00 SECS|
Michelle Memran is a journalist, illustrator, and filmmaker. For nearly twenty years she’s worked as a reporter, researcher, and editor in New York City. She’s also written for numerous publications, including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Vanity Fair and American Theatre magazine. Her oil pastel portraits have been commissioned by The New York Times Book Review, as well as by various theatrical and film productions. As part of Brown’s Fitt Artist Residency in 2016, Michelle collaborated with theater director Katie Pearl on a new performance and film project that juxtaposed characters and scenes from the plays of María Irene Fornés with outtakes from the film’s footage.