Here’s the trailer for the currently in post-production film, Mira Mira, by Los Angeles based filmmaker and actress Adrienne Rose White.
White calls her film, which was inspired by Black Orpheus and Alice in Wonderland, “an exploration into the complexities of grief, race, mythology, and identity," about a young woman, Mira Freeman, who after her mother's death, uncovers a secret that makes her doubt everything she thought she knew about her family. "Suddenly adrift, she impulsively buys a ticket to Salvador, Brazil and enters the chaos of Carnival, where reality and mythology blur."
The Harvard graduate started out as an actress, but decided to start producing her own work when she was interning at IFP in New York, and saw Victoria Mahoney's Yelling At The Sky and hearing her speak afterward.
Mahoney talked about making a story that she hadn't seen before, and that no one else could make - her story.
And for White, ”that resonated with me deeply, so I set out to make a film that asked questions - questions about identity that I've navigated for a long time - instead of offering answers."
She goes on to say that: “We all go through life with so many different labels - some that we choose, others that family, friends, or even strangers choose for us. One label I've gotten a lot is "ethnically ambiguous." So I wondered - what would it mean to be truly ethnically ambiguous, to have no idea what your genetic background holds. To people who see you walking down the street, you're the same. But what does that mean internally?”
For her, that was one of the main reasons to make her film, adding: “On the one hand, when I was a kid, at home I was taught that Black came in every shade and color. At the same time, anywhere else I told I wasn't Black enough because I didn't talk a certain way, I didn't know certain things, I didn't live in the part of town that "would make sense." And that isn't a story I've really seen anywhere in TV or film.”
Her approach to her film will be partly comprised of found footage from the 1950's and incorporating oil pastel animations.
Ms. White has already successfully completed an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for her film, and it’s scheduled to be released sometime in 2014.
Here’s the preview: