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The Rest I Make Up
A film by Michelle Memran
US, 2018, 79 minutes, Color, DVD, English
Order No. W181226

Maria Irene Fornes is one of Americaís greatest playwrights and most influential teachers, but many only know her as the ex-lover of writer and social critic Susan Sontag. The visionary Cuban-American dramatist constructed astonishing worlds onstage and taught 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 Fornesís important contributions. What began as an accidental collaboration becomes a story of love, creativity, and connection that persists even in the face of forgetting.


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AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

  • MoMA Doc Fortnight
  • Miami Film Festival
  • Frameline - San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival

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QUOTES

    "A story of spontaneity, creativity, genius and madness. It showcases the life, inspiration and virtuosity of Fornes."
    Miami Herald

    "The filmís overarching theme of lifeís ephemeral nature paired with the deep friendship and vital creativity that percolates between this young writer-turned-filmmaker and the iconic playwright offer a much-needed and refreshingly loving take on aging and illness."
    Artburst Miami

    "Memranís documentary is as untraditional and unpredictable as the woman herself. In it, Memran manages to take us through Ireneís extraordinary life, while capturing the essence of what made it extraordinary - all while transitioning into an impressive artist in her own right."
    NBC News Latino

    "A tender exploration of Fornesí life and the meaning of memory."
    Conde Nastís them

    "Fabulous. The Rest I Make Up is as inspiring as its subject."
    San Francisco Bay Times

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