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Anna Garcia Does a One Woman Play

The highly intense, overbearing and imaginative Anna Garcia arranges to do a one woman play, and to have a documentary made about herself doing the play. There’s just one problem: she doesn’t have a script or any idea what her play will be about. Watch as Anna desperately scrambles around Ann Arbor, trying to get other people to write her play as she pieces together her "chef d'ouevre."

  • Anna Garcia
  • Anna Garcia
  • Emily Browning
  • Shir Avinadav
  • Anna Garcia
    Key Cast
  • Barry Riggins
    Key Cast
  • Catherine Bergin
    Key Cast
  • Ben Ahlers
    Key Cast
  • Mo Rabaa
    Key Cast
  • Alison Hacker
    Key Cast
  • Kevin Corbett
    Key Cast
  • Logan Davis
    Key Cast
  • Joe Ambrose
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 2, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Black Magic
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • M-Agination Film Festival
    Ann Arbor
    United States
    April 6, 2017
    Highlight of the Festival
  • Royal Starr Film Festival
    Royal Oak, MI
    United States
    October 14, 2017
    Best Actress in a Short Film
  • Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival
    Grand Rapids
    United States
    October 21, 2017
  • Orlando Film Festival
    United States
    October 21, 2017
    Florida Premiere
Director Biography - Anna Garcia

Anna Garcia graduated this spring from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Screen Arts and Cultures, where she learned to write, direct, act and edit for TV, movies, and sketch comedy. Some of her favorite projects include directing a documentary about a wanderlust ice cream truck driver, a live sketch show titled "Live Bait" and of course, this project: "Anna Garcia Does a One Woman Play."

Some of her favorite things she did outside of her major that took up sweet chunks of time: performing in the plays "boom" and "The Nether" in the School of Music Theatre and Dance, serving as an acting apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, improvising with her long-form improv troupe, Midnight Book Club, and directing "Gutenberg! The Musical!" She also did a couple of internships in New York some summers back, if that impresses you.

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Director Statement

Hello there!

I'm Anna Garcia, a lady filmmaker, actor, and recent graduate from the University of Michigan. "Anna Garcia Does a One Woman Play" is my final project before I dive into the real world and fling myself into reality. This film stemmed from an idea I had a couple years ago when I considered proposing an official senior thesis. I wanted to pour myself into a project that breaks form and experiments with comedy and timing. I never actually submitted anything to be a thesis through my major, and as this shifted to a more independent project, this film subsequently became what I like to call a "rogue thesis."

A lot of inspiration came from my time as an Acting Apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where I wrote an autobiographical piece called "Wearing the Hat." It explored the idea of performativity and the ways we portray ourselves differently to certain people. I carried that theme over when writing this, incorporating the ego, narcissism, and authenticity of a human being while exploring how mental health may factor into those ideas. I find that comedy is the best way of bringing these themes forward. By looking and amplifying flaws in myself, I hope to spread a larger message about what connects us as humans, and the difference we have between being presentational and being ourselves.

This film, though plastered with my name, was a team effort, and I am so excited to share it with you. I hope you enjoy "Anna Garcia Does a One Woman Play."

Anna Garcia