Women in Film and Video: New England (WIFV/NE)
in collaboration with Harvard Square Script Writers (HSSW)
is proud to present a staged reading of Santa Sierra’s
IN SEARCH OF OUR FATHER, SYLVESTER STALLONE
on October 28 at the Central Square Theater.
On October 28, 2014, join Women in Film and Video: New England at Central Square Theater for a staged reading of our 2013 Screenwriting Competition Winner: In Search of Our Father, Sylvester Stallone by Santa Sierra.
In Search of Our Father is the story of a young brother and sister growing up in poverty in El Salvador. After they lose their mother to gang violence, the wise-beyond-their-years siblings embark on a dangerous journey to the US, hoping to find the man their mother always claimed was their father: Sylvester Stallone. “I grew up being an immigrant in Massachusetts,” screenwriter Santa Sierra explains, “so I understand the many reasons why people would risk their lives to come to the United States. I wanted to tell an engaging story that would make someone look beyond the immigration status of a person.”
Sierra, a native of the Dominican Republic, grew up in Worcester and graduated from Worcester State with a Masters in Spanish Education. She moved out to Los Angeles shortly thereafter, but wrote In Search of Our Father while home for the holidays in 2012. “The faces we see of immigration are the male faces… we don’t get to see children and women who try to come to the US. All the information I had been soaking up through research, my own writing, my personal experiences as a teacher – all came together to bring this script to life.”
To date, In Search of Our Father has placed in the top 15% of the Nicholl Competition, ranked on The Tracking Board’s 2013 Young & Hungry List, was a finalist in the 2013 PAGE awards, finaled in the WriteMovies.Com awards, and won WIFV/NE’s 2013 Screenwriting Competition. Santa is repped by Bryan Brucks at Luber/Roklin Entertainment.
Director Gauri Adelkar is very excited to bring Sierra’s piece to life on the stage for the very first time. Based in Somerville, MA, and originally from Mumbai, India, Adelkar won the Indie Soul Best Director Award at the Boston International Film Festival for her short film, “The Theft.” “Within a few pages of reading the wonderful script by Santa Sierra, I instantly wanted to be part of bringing the children’s journey to stage,” says Adelkar. “Every year, a record number of unaccompanied children from Central America are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Their stories and struggles need to be told and I believe that theater is a powerful medium to do so.”
Adelkar will be joined by Dramatic Consultant Christina Marín, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Emerson College. “I am thrilled to be participating in this project,” says Marin, “I feel it touches upon important contemporary social issues affecting our global society”.
WIFV/NE would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors: Lesley University, The Boston Latino Film Festival, Saint Aire Productions, Local Sightings, Gregger Jones/Panasonic, Final Draft, Inktip, Talamas, High Output Y Chelsea Collaborative.
In Search of Our Father, Sylvester Stallone by Santa Sierra
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Central Square Theater: 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02134
Reception 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Performance begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with a Q&A
Admission: $15 for members of HSSW or WIFVNE and $20 for non-members.