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In this irreverent dark comedy, precocious Brooklyn actress Calpurnia Dylan will do anything for a part. She must give up a part of herself when her method acting exercise goes too far and she's drawn into the lucrative and disturbing world of elite egg donation. But things are not as they first appear in a world where wealthy couples seek to buy the perfect designer egg. Is more at stake than just a role? What is the true worth of a human egg? During production, writer/performer O'Hara became an egg donor while portraying the lead character on screen, further blurring the boundaries between fantasy and reality in this provocative rumination on risking everything for art.

San Francisco based Mutha Magazine described OVUM as, "A provocative, feminist movie meant to spur a conversation about eugenics, reproduction, and the unseen side of the market for elite and top shelf eggs."

"Ovum" was executive produced by award winning producer Jack Turner ("Banksy Does New York", HBO) and ("Cold In July", Sundance, 2014). The cast also included Hassan Johnson (HBO's "The Wire") and Rutanya Alda ("Mommy Dearest").

  • Matt Ott
  • Sonja O'Hara
  • Vincent Petrosini
    Pollywogs (L.A. Film Fest)
  • Hassan Johnson
    Key Cast
    The Wire
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    1 hour 26 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • The Brooklyn Girl Film Festival
    Brooklyn, New York
    March 26, 2015
    World Premiere
    Best Feature Film
  • The Boston International Film Festival
    Boston, Massachusetts
    April 19, 2015
    Boston Premiere
    The Indie Spirit Special Recognition Award
  • Manhattan Film Festival
    New York, NY
    June 18, 2015
    Best Comedy Feature
  • Big Apple Film Festival
    New York
    November 6, 2015
    Best Feature Film
  • New Filmmakers/New Films
    New York City
    May 6, 2015
Director Biography - Matt Ott

Matt Ott is a director and producer based in New York City. He graduated with a B.F.A in film at UW-Milwaukee. He has produced and directed the TV series MEDIOCRACY. After years of working on major film and television sets in Chicago, Matt recently moved to NYC when his TV series UNSCRIPTED (produced through Upright Citizen’s Brigade) which recently garnered the interest of both TBS and FOX and is currently being optioned.

Writer/Producer: Sonja O'Hara
Sonja is an up and coming actress & screenwriter based in Brooklyn. She has studied screenwriting with Jason Greiff and is a graduate of The New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts. In 2012, Sonja was chosen out of more than 700 applicants to be one of sixteen young artists to be part of LAByrinth Theatre Company's prestigious Emerging Artist Ensemble Workshop (where she developed the OVUM screenplay!) Sonja additionally writes stand-up comedy and has performed at Caroline's On Broadway. She can be seen in the upcoming movies "Creative Control" (SXSW Official Selection, 2015, Jury Prize), "Coffin World" and the award winning short film "Rambler." For more information visit: www.sonjaohara.com

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Director Statement

The idea for OVUM came to me when I was flipping through the pages of Backstage and next to casting notices for student films and Off-Off-Broadway plays I noticed a picture of a group of beautiful, glowing young woman and an ad that read: Do something meaningful. Help a women in need. $8,000 dollars. I was blown away. At the time I remember thinking, here they are marketing a dangerous and experimental vanity procedure to fledgling actresses who are more often than not desperate and financially impaired young woman. That seemed despicable but the seed was planted. Ultimately I discovered that the in vitro fertilization process can be potentially more affordable than the sometimes exorbitant adoption fees in New York State. The whole issue wasn't black and white and I felt compelled to explore the questionable moral gray area of financial compensation in exchange for human life. Could an audience relate to a flawed and ultimately self-serving female character who sells her eggs? Egg donation is a largely unexplored taboo topic and that seems to get under peoples skin. I am deeply opposed to the frustrating undue pressure for female characters in cinema to be likable and I wanted to rebel by creating a profoundly flawed heroine who might provoke conversation about eugenics, performance art and reproductive rights. Can one go "too far" for their art? I documented my own experience as a donor and turned it into a narrative feature film screenplay.
-Sonja O'Hara (Writer/Producer)