NARRATIVE I USA 2014 I 13 MINS. I ENGLISH
Sara and her brother, Deji, who suffers from schizophrenia, explore the beauty and challenges of this chronic illness during an eventful afternoon with Deji’s goldfish.
Sara has been working in the creative arts since she was 4, always with the positive ulterior motive of helping others. In 2009, Sara received her B.A. in English, with concentrations in Performance in Social Activism, Theatre and Writing from Monmouth University, she first started directing theatre in 2006 with the drama "Lot’s Daughters" and was a storyteller at the Freehold Youth Detention Center in New Jersey. Upon graduation Werner interned with NewFest and later with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in N.Y.C. where she learned first-hand of film’s power to change hearts and minds and was encouraged to focus on filmmaking. In 2012, she received her M.F.A. in Motion Picture Production from the University of Miami after making her award-winning debut as a Writer/Director with her first short film “Aurora”. "Aurora" has gone on to screen at various venues around the world from Paramount Studios to Istanbul and is still on the festival circuit. Since making the film Sara has worked as a freelance Producer for various independent film companies located at Paramount Studios and Raleigh Studios; and has worked on numerous film and commercial sets, ranging from working in the Camera Department on features, to Directing shorts and the quirky webseries "Cosplay Date". Sara is honored to have the opportunity to bring an impacting script such as "The Mermaid" to screen and hopes it will entertain, educate and enlighten all.
Producers: Italome Ohikhuare, Xinyue Chen, Peter Ebanks
Editor: Dawn Minkow
Writer: Italome Ohikhuare
Cinematographer: Johnathan Franklin
Principle Cast: Italome Ohikhuare, Travanti Quinn Waller, John McGlothlin
Production Company: Mermaid Films