Team Marilyn

On the eve of a game-changing campaign event, a politician must decide what to do when a secret scandal erupts a few days out from a historic presidential election.

  • LaToya Morgan
  • LaToya Morgan
    The Walking Dead (TV), Into the Badlands (TV), TURN: Washington's Spies (TV), Cobalt 60 (short), Complications (TV), American Horror Story (Short), Parenthood (TV), Shameless (TV), Name of the Game (Short), Skal (Short)
  • LaToya Morgan (Executive Producer)
    Into The Badlands (TV), TURN: Washington's Spies (TV), Cobalt 60 (Short)
  • Sue-Ellen Chitunya (Produced By)
    Scrimmage (Short), The Neon Dead, Get the Life (Short), The Resort (Short)
  • Lucretia Stinnette (Co-Producer)
  • Darren Lee Colston (Co-Producer)
  • Debra Roberts (Co-Producer)
  • Ingrid Rogers
    Key Cast
    "Marilyn Graham"
    The Room in the Elephant (Short), Bosch (TV), Tales (TV), Karma's a...! (Short), Murder in the First (TV)
  • Sherman Augustus
    Key Cast
    "Andrew Graham"
    'Til Death (Short), Into the Badlands (TV), Shards (Short), Colony (TV), Westworld (TV)
  • Corbin Reid
    Key Cast
    "Jorja Taylor"
    Blind Sight (Short), Valor (TV), How to Get Away with Murder (TV)
  • Leah Anova, Director of Photography
  • Tamara Luciano, Editor
  • Nicholas O'Toole, Original Music
  • John H. Adams, Art Director
  • Kim Williams, Casting Director
  • Gabrielle Kelly, Transmedia Producer
  • Lisa M. Stewart, Locations Manager
    The Nick Cannon Show, “Cassandra’s Run” (Short), "Miss Tracy Hair Stop" (Short)
  • Star Victoria, First Assistant Director
  • Jennifer Heins, Script Supervisor
  • Michael Bisson, First Assistant Editor
  • Nate Elgino, First Assistant Camera
  • Jessica Mandolai, Second Assistant Camera & Digital Imagining Technician
  • Charlie Murphy, Set Still Photographer
  • Angelique A. Costanza, Key Grip
  • Justin Hong, GE Swing
  • Natasha Chanel, Hair & Makeup
  • Stacy Ellen Rich, Costumes / Costume Designer
  • Matias Piegari, Location Sound Mixer
  • Bryan Parker, Sound Supervisor & Re-Recording Mixer
  • Allison Offenberger, Dialogue Editor
  • Morris Naish, Additional Sound Services
  • Randy Coonfield, Colorist
  • Calvin Renfroe, Production Assistant
  • Moira McFadden, Production Assistant
  • Formosa Group, Sound Services Provided
    Corporate Production Assistance
  • Blueline Finishing, Digital Intermediate
    Corporate Production Assistance
  • Panavision New Filmmakers Grant
    Corporate Production Assistance
  • Marriott Residence Inn
    Corporate Production Assistance
  • Theresa Adams, Lisa M. Stewart, Mary Gomez, Wade Major, Wanjiru Njendu, Christal Henry, Cheryl Puente, Garlonn Farell, Anthony Leonardi III, Heather Trail, Brittany Russell, Eric Paull, Janet Adriano, Tim Cogshell, Rochee Jeffrey
    Special Thanks
  • City of Burbank, CA
    Special Thanks
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  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 11, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • OutlantaCon Short Film Festival 2019
    Atlanta, GA
    United States
    May 12, 2019
    North American Premier
    Official Selection
  • Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition 2019
    New York, NY
    United States
    August 29, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - LaToya Morgan

Born and raised in Los Angeles, LaToya Morgan is a graduate of the American Film Institute
Conservatory where she received a MFA in Screenwriting. She’s an alumna of several prestigious fellowships including the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop, the Producers Guild
Power of Diversity Fellowship, Film Independent’s Project: Involve and its Producer’s Lab, as
well as the WGA’s Feature Access Project. She’s been a writer on Shameless, Parenthood, Complications, TURN: Washington’s Spies, and Into the Badlands where she’s a Co-Executive Producer. In 2018, she inked a new multi-year overall deal with AMC to write and executive produce new series for the network. She is currently penning the pilot for They Can’t Kill Us All
based on the best-selling non-fiction book about the Black Lives Matter movement and WOOL
based on Hugh Howey's popular science fiction series. Morgan serves on the WGA Inclusion
and Equity Group committee and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
In addition to writing and producing TEAM MARILYN, the short is also her directorial debut.

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Director Statement

Director’s Statement
By LaToya Morgan
Team Marilyn began in the wake of the cataclysm that was the 2016 election. I, like so
many people, woke up devastated by the new world order. To console myself, I began
thinking about what kind of candidate could challenge in 2020. I was longing for a fresh
face and exciting voice. New blood for this new era. Since 94% of Black women had
valiantly voted to oppose Trump during the campaign, my mind immediately went to a
Black woman as a figure who could potentially change the direction of this country.
But what if this woman had a secret? One that could derail her chances of winning?
We thought America was ready for a woman in the highest office in the land, but are
they really ready for a Black woman? And a closeted queer one to boot?
I ate, slept, and breathed politics in college. So much so that I became a community
organizer for three years after school. Despite doing significant advocacy work on
social justice issues, I was not open about who I was as a person. I hid by omission
the fact that I was as a queer Black woman for a long time. It took years before I was
ever even able to say the words “lesbian” or “queer” out loud without blushing. Not out
of shame, but out of my desire for privacy. I already had the double bind of being Black
and a woman to deal with. Did I really need a third label?
Then I fell in love with a woman who was even more closeted than I was. A serious
question loomed over everything we did. Is a love that exists only behind closed doors
even real? That became the impetus for this short film.
This narrative takes a bit of my personal story and fuses it with a fictional one to give
the audience an intense glimpse behind the curtain. I love the inherent pressure of the
political world and decided to set it on the grandest scale of American politics.
My favorite dramatic stories to tell are of those of relationships in crisis and this story
has not one, but two of them built into its core. I’ve never seen this kind of story told
about women of color by women of color on the big or small screen.
As a first time director, I’ve done everything I can to make this an achievable project.
Everything from the single location to working with a seasoned producer in Sue-Ellen
Chitunya who has made several shorts. This is a compelling story that can be told
efficiently and economically.
I once saw that third label as a burden, but now I realize it’s made me a triple threat.
The world needs more stories by women, people of color and from the LGBTQ
community. Where I once hid in the shadows, I now want to make my voice heard.