Short Film: WHEN IT STOPS, 4min., USA, Drama

Directed by Megan Mayes
Lucy accepts a harrowing dance with the past.

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Director Biography – Megan Mayes

Megan Mayes is a director and producer who grew up in Detroit, where the highlight of her childhood was rallying the neighborhood kids into making movies on VHS tape. Landing in New York years later, at 21, she founded Plastic Tree Pictures, producing her first feature film, “Rooftops.” In the years since, she has honed skills as a filmmaker in multiple disciplines, producing films that have screened at dozens of festivals and won multiple awards. Alongside her brother, Josh Mayes, and other collaborators, she has three completed feature-length scripts with which she aims to continue her move into directing, which began with this piece.

Director Statement

In early 2021, Gabriella Piazza approached me, after years of collaborating as producers, with a short film idea she was always inspired by. A window into a moment in life where one must face the hardest reality imaginable: The loss of one’s soulmate. Gabriella is an extraordinary actor, and her passion for this concept lit a fire in me — we both became fascinated. After entrusting me as director, we embarked on a thrilling journey to create this experimental piece. It has been an invigorating collaborative process, and I am grateful to be making my solo directorial debut with this work!

-Megan Mayes

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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