Marking her debut feature film, Victoria Mahoney developed Yelling to the Sky (pictured above) through the Directors and Screenwriters Sundance Institute Labs and was named an Auerbach Fellow, Annenberg Fellow, Cinereach Fellow, Maryland Fellow and IFP Narrative Lab fellow. She was named one of, â€œ25 New Faces of Independent Filmâ€ by Filmmaker magazine, one of, ShadowAndAct/IndieWire's â€œFilmmakers to Watchâ€ and one of, "3 Filmmakers to Watch" in Elle Magazine's, Women In Hollywood issue.
Manohla Dargis for the New York Times says, "Yelling to the Sky, swirls with emotions." And Armond White says, "Mahoneyâ€™s existential cry risks complexity for a healing, not self-congratulatory truth." Variety says, "Yelling to the Sky boasts a strong directorial voice. Mahoney was clearly driven by a genuine creative gift."
The film had its World Premiere in Competition at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Golden Bear. A North American Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and since gone around the world screening in Competition at; Deauville, Mumbai, Giffoni, Guanajuato, Urbanworld, Gen Art, New Orleans and played Film Society Lincoln Center, Pan African, New Orleans, Black Harvest, Oakland Underground and NY Int'l Latino Fest, among others. Mahoney just wrapped a gritty Short film called â€œWrackedâ€ and is in pre-production on her second feature Chalk.
Chalk trails someone making peace with their past, during a complex hunt to find murder suspects.
(I had to do an exciting amount of research on opposite ends of a nationwide issue. The way people opened up and shared their stories with me for Chalk, was one of the most sacred experiences Iâ€™ve ever had, in regards to the importance of film as a toolâ€”for reflecting the human condition.)
Yelling To The Sky stars Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class, After Earth) as Sweetness O'Hara, an introspective teenager who tries to blend into the crowded halls of her high school. But an increasingly complex home life and a growing threat at school soon carry her into a world of reckless ambivalence. A visceral coming-of-age story, including Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby); Gabourey Sidibe (Best Actress nominee for Precious, Tower Heist, The Big C); Tim Blake Nelson (Lincoln, O Brother, Where Art Thou?); Antonique Smith (Abduction, Notorious), and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter (Brooklyn Babylon, Night Catches Us).
Wracked is about three friends redefining their ideas of self and one another. It takes place over a forty-eight hour stretch, after one of them is released from prison.
(The story, the shooting schedule, the location, the skeleton crew all invited a number of hurdles, which I race to set for.)
A parent re-evaluates long-term marriage, on the day of his child's High School graduation. Starring Don Cheadle.
Photos By: Kirsten Johnson
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