THE REST I MAKE UP
Running Time: 79min
Film Year: 2018
Category: Knight Documentary Achievement Award
One of America’s greatest playwrights, Maria Irene Fornes was born in Havana, moved to the US in her teens, and rose to prominence in the 1960s Off-off Broadway scene with her wildly innovative, endlessly playful approach to language and form. She has won nine OBIEs, been nominated for a Pulitzer and transformed countless lives as an educator. Fornes was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s more than a decade ago, but, as this alluringly intimate documentary reveals, she retains her charisma and wonder.
Featuring glowing testaments by the likes of Edward Albee, Paula Vogel and Lanford Wilson, The Rest I Make Up tracks director Michelle Memran’s journey of meeting Fornes in New York, escorting her on a visit to Cuba, following her relocation to Miami, and listening to her reminiscence about past loves, such as Susan Sontag. This is a story of dizzying artistic heights, enduring grace, and unexpected friendship.
THE REST I MAKE UP screens with SPOON FED
Director: Michelle Memran
Producer: Michelle Memran, Heather Winters, Katie Pearl, Shelby Siegel
Executive Producer: Piece by piece productions, Jennifer Fox
Production Company: The Rest I Make Up LLC
Music: Max Avery Lichtenstein
Cinematographer: Michelle Memran, Roberto Guerra, Megan Hill, Katherine E. Scharhon
Editor: Melissa Neidich