After a successful festival run and a sold-out week at MoMA in New York, THE REST I MAKE UP is now available for educational use
Maria Irene Fornes is one of America's greatest playwrights and most influential teachers, but many know her only as the ex-lover of writer and social critic Susan Sontag.  At the vanguard of the nascent Off-Off Broadway experimental theater movement in NYC, the visionary Cuban-American dramatist constructed astonishing worlds onstage, writing over 40 plays and winning nine Obie Awards.  When she gradually stops writing due to dementia, an unexpected friendship with filmmaker Michelle Memran reignites her spontaneous creative spirit and triggers a decade-long collaboration that picks up where the pen left off.   Theater luminaries such as Edward Albee, Ellen Stewart, Lanford Wilson, and others weigh in on Fornes's important contributions. What began as an accidental collaboration becomes a story of love, creativity, and connection that persists even in the face of forgetting.
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 "Intimate and exhilarating. Fornes exerts a hypnotic force of stardom, while her offhanded yet urgent remarks resound with life-tested literary authority." - The New Yorker

"A story of spontaneity, creativity, genius and madness."- The Miami Herald

"An exquisite documentary portrait. While the movie doesn't flinch from the sadness of Fornes's nonetheless leaves the viewer feeling exhilarated, bringing us into the creative aura of a lively, unassailable imagination." - Public Books

"Memran manages to take us through Irene's extraordinary life, while capturing the essence of what made it extraordinary..." -  NBC News Latino
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