Cast

Judy Marte


“Ana”

Born and raised on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Judy Marte won acclaim for her portrayal of “Juicy Judy” in Peter Sollett’s Raising Victor Vargas which played at numerous national and international film festivals including Cannes, Sundance and Toronto. Raising Victor Vargas went on to open the prestigious New Directors/New Films film series presented by MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and won best film at the Deauville Festival for American Cinema and the San Sebastian Film Festival; Judy was also nominated for a Gotham Award for Best Emerging Actor and an Independent Spirit Award for best debut performance. Since then, Judy has also been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Oz in On the Outs.

Karen Black


“Maria”

Two-time Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Karen Black has over 100 movie credits to her name since making her debut in 1960′s The Prime Time. An important actress of the American film Renaissance of the early 1970s who first came to the attention of the public in the box-office sleeper Easy Rider (1969), Black shot to stardom playing the small-town waitress who falls for Jack Nicholson’s upper-class drifter in Bob Rafelson’s Five Easy Pieces (1970), for which she recieved her Academy Award nomination and her first Golden Globe Award. The role also brought the actress a National Board of Review Award, a New York Film Critics Circle Award and two Laurel Awards. She picked up her next Golden Globe four years later in the Francis Ford Coppola-scripted The Great Gatsby (1974). She went on to impressive roles in The Day of the Locust (1975, earned a Golden Globe nomination), Nashville (1975, netted a Grammy nomination), Alfred Hitchcock’s Family Plot (1976), Burnt Offerings, and Robert Altman’s Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982).

Brian Rieger


“Ben”

Brian grew up in Littleton, Colorado. He is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts Acting Conservatory. While at BU, his theatrical roles ranged from the young romantic thief Vaska Papel in The Lower Depths to Jack, a wise old Irish missionary priest, in Dancing at Lughnasa. Brian has also studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). This is his film debut.

Lauren Fales


“Grace”

Lauren currently attends Columbia University. She earned a rave from the London Independent for her stage debut in Breathing, and since then has performed at the Algonquin and 45th Street Theatres in New York. She is a graduate of The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and has also studied at the Central School for Speech in Drama in London. Recently, Lauren starred in the film True Story.

Maria My Love was inspired by Lauren’s life; she co-wrote the story with writer/director Jasmine McGlade Chazelle.

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