Deborah LaVine | USA | English | 91 min | Narrative | New York Premiere
*Screened in partnership with ReelAbilities: ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest film festival in the world dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities.
After leaving her hometown for big city life, Rose must return home to care for her ailing mother. It is the 1950s, and Rose is a trailblazer at a time when the role of women was beginning to change. Back home, she befriends James, a deaf man. Although the role of women was evolving, deaf people were still typically seen as outcasts.
Rose is intrigued by James. She learns that just because he cannot hear or speak, there are many ways to communicate, and finds that he is intelligent, thoughtful and creative. Although her family and friends discourage the unlikely friendship, the two grow to appreciate each other and fall in love.
Sometimes you find what you are looking for where you least expect it — and coming home, Rose discovers herself, finds love, and learns to appreciate the life she left behind.
Special Guest Speakers:
- Director Deborah LaVine – is a prolific director and teacher of theater (over 300 professional productions) and film. Her films have played in festivals across the country winning numerous prizes. Additionally, Deborah is Director of the MFA Program in Film Directing at California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS), consistently ranked as one of the Top 5 Best Films Schools in national polls.
- Actor Maya Brattkus – is currently pursuing her BFA at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where she studies acting. Her theatre credits include The Crucible, Chalk Garden, and Animal Farm at Theatricum Botanicum. While at CalArts she has performed in Hedda Gabler, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, and in the Center for New Performance’s Fantomas: Revenge of the Image, which had its world premiere at the Wuzhen Theatre Festival in China. Maya has also studied at the British American Drama Academy. Wild Prairie Rose is Maya’s first feature film.
- Actor Suanne Spoke – has an extensive career in theatre, television and film. She was seen in the critically acclaimed film “Whiplash” and is currently starring in the feature film “Wild Prairie Rose”, which has been a multi award winner on the festival circuit. On television Suanne recurred on “Switched at Birth” and “General Hospital” and has gueststarred on “Criminal Minds”, “Happy Endings” and many others.In the classroom, Suanne is also a faculty member for the California Institute of the Arts, teaching acting to graduate film directors and character animators. She has participated
at the Sundance Institute Lab, served on panels for ACTORFEST on both coasts and has taught acting at Deaf West Summer School. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences.
- Actor Troy Kotsur
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