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Half of Twenty Two

Miranda, an 11 year old lover of books, who yearns to someday be a famous author, begins her day in her usual way...shall we just say, she is not a morning person? Miranda attends 6th grade at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School. On this day we become familiar with Miranda and 5 of her closest girl friends as they take us on a journey through what it's like to be an 11 year old girl in the 21st century. Having lunch in the park during a field trip, where they've gone to gather fossils, they hilariously reveal their pre-teen insecurities and complaints of having no control over not only their lives, but the daily changes in their own bodies. We take a comical journey through Miranda's imaginary music video and possibly meet her true love. Everything is fun and gleeful...until Miranda's world is turned dramatically upside down, and she is hurled sideways into reality.

  • Laralee List Wahrmund
  • Laralee List
    Playwright for over 100 productions since 1985
  • Tamara Truly Wahrmund
    Original Concept
  • Laralee List
    Producer of over 100 live productions & events since 1985
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    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama, Family, Tween, Musical
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 1 minute 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 22, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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    Digital 1080p
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  • Private Screening Fundraiser ~ Scottish Rite Auditorium
    San Antonio, Texas
    November 22, 2014
    has not publicly premiered
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION ~ Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival
    Victoria, Texas
    March 21, 2015
    Texas Premiere
  • Private Screening ~ Alamo Drafthouse, Park North
    San Antonio, Texas
    February 18, 2015
    Has not publicly premiered.
    Madrid, Spain
    May 16, 2015
    European Premiere
    Best Feature & Best Director
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION, North Carolina Family Film Festival
    Ahoskie, North Carolina
    October 17, 2015
  • BEST FEATURE AWARD, North Carolina Family Film Festival
    Ahoskie, North Carolina
    October 17, 2015
    Best Feature
  • YOUNG ENTERTAINER AWARDS, Los Angeles, California - NOMINATION for BEST PERFORMANCE in an INDEPENDENT FILM, for Lead Actress Tamara Truly Wahrmund
    Globe Theater, Universal Studios, Los Angeles, California
    United States
    March 20, 2016
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - San Antonio Film Festival
    San Antonio, Texas
    United States
    July 27, 2016
Director Biography - Laralee List Wahrmund

Laralee was born in Texas and has over 100 live productions to her credit as either writer, director, or producer; although most of the time, as all three. Half of Twenty Two (2014) is her debut feature film.

The first thing you must know about Laralee is that she never stops working. You will rarely catch her when she is not in the middle of a project, and if she is, you can be assured, she is in that very moment, planning the next production. Laralee has directed hundreds of actors. She loves working with adult actors, as well as children. With the added advantage of being an actress herself, her experience gives her an in-depth understanding of what an actor craves on set. Actors she worked with from the beginning of her career, still work on her sets today.

She has a like-mindedness with children, and truly enjoys working with child actors on set. She thinks children are magical beings, who have no limits to their imaginations or abilities. They respond well to her mostly comedic inspired direction, but they clearly comprehend when she conveys the motivation for a dramatic moment.

She also enjoys working with animals, and during her career has included animals in many of her productions, valiantly breaking the traditional rules of the entertainment industry by blending adult and child actors with a variety of animals, repeatedly, in productions throughout her career.

Laralee has directed everything from Shakespeare to Sketch Comedy, generally writing or adapting the original stories for each production. With her first stage appearance at the age of 5; Laralee is very accustomed to the interior of theaters, auditoriums and coliseums. All three of her children were brought into theaters commonly within their first few weeks of breath; her cast members instantly becoming comfortable with the bright eyed appendage on her hip as she directed show after show.

As an actress, Laralee received awards for her performances in various Alamo City theaters, including The Actor's Theatre, San Pedro Playhouse, and the Melodrama Playhouse, (where the famed Greater Tuna duo, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams began). At 23, Laralee created a Sketch Comedy Troupe in San Antonio, Texas, called, The Playroom Players, where she was once compared to Carol Burnett, (also from San Antonio) by theater critic John Igo. She reveled in writing and directing hilariously larger than life characters, and uniquely outrageous storylines. As she progressed, Laralee began to experiment with, what at the time were the beginnings of multi-media in her productions, blending video performances with live theater. She directed music videos to accompany her musical comedies. The Playroom Players troupe performed in theaters and comedy clubs all over San Antonio through 1989.

In 1989 Laralee left San Antonio to throw her hat into the ring in Los Angeles, California. She worked in L.A. for 10 years, first through a temporary service to the entertainment industry where she would spend weeks, and sometimes months in locations like Virgin Records, and Agency for the Performing Arts, soaking up every tidbit of information available to her; while also performing or writing and directing productions in venues like The Victory Theatre, The Enchanted Forest Theater, The American Renegade Theater and many more. During her 10 years in Los Angeles, Laralee had the pleasure of directing some of the most talented actors in the industry; many of which you have seen regularly in film and on television.

In 1999 she was coaxed back to San Antonio, where she began to write, direct and produce for world renowned pianist, Anya Grokhovski, founder of Musical Bridges Around the World. It was during this time Laralee began to search for a performing arts academy where her children could go to learn all of the performing arts under one roof. With none available, Laralee ultimately founded the Land Of Virtuosity (LOV), a unique performing arts academy for children, where their talents, in all aspects of the performing arts, could be nurtured to their maximum potential.

In January of 2014 the LOV was placed on indefinite hiatus when Laralee was offered the opportunity to write, direct and produce the film, Half of Twenty Two . She fully intends to re-open the LOV at some point in the distant future.

In early 2014, Laralee founded her production company, Minoan Temple Studios, carefully choosing to brand it with a symbol representing an ancient, daredevilish, gymnastic sport in Minoan culture "Leaping the Bull", which represents how she approaches everything in life.

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Director Statement

This film was inspired by an 11 year old girl, singing improvisational parody lyrics to Taylor Swift's song, 22 as it played on the radio. As she sang of the misery of being 11, compared to Taylor Swift's glamour of being 22, I began to understand and remember, what life is like for tween girls in their junior high school years. I began to remember the insecurity, the crushes, and worst and best of all, the changes.
I began to consider creating a film for tween girls that championed their uniqueness, a story that gave them permission to revel in their insecurities and know they were not alone in their journey to becoming young women.
My hope is that I have created a story that all tween girls, as well as teen girls, women of all ages, and their mother's will connect with. My intention is to pluck that heart-string, that incredibly strong connection, between mothers of tween daughters, as well as mothers of teen and adult daughters, all over the world.
No matter who you are, tween, teen, young woman, mother, grandmother, father, brother, son, grandfather...make sure you bring out your "inner tween girl" to see this film. My hope, is when you leave the theater, you feel so much warmth, you smile and hug someone near you.
Thank you so much for watching.
Most sincerely,