Inspirational new documentary Janey Makes A Play will be released in US theatres this June by Uncork’d Entertainment.
First stop for the film, expected to be one of the most talked-about documentaries of 2016, is Los Angeles on June 17. The film will screen for a week.
Janey, from director Jared Callahan, follows 90-year old Janey (Callahan’s own grandmother) as she writes and directs her latest original, socially relevant community theatre production for the small town in which she lives. Battling through the current recession, the colorful troupe of faithful townspeople cope with their own struggles by telling their story on stage.
Janey has spent her life in the theatre, committing the past decade to writing and directing original plays for Rio Vista, California, a picturesque small town on the Sacramento River Delta. Her community non-profit troupe, called No Small Thing Productions, has produced seventeen of Janey’s original handwritten plays. Janey continually battles inconsistent rehearsal attendance, people moving away or quitting, actors memorizing their lines last-minute, and sets that are not completely assembled. If they don’t sell tickets for their performance, the troupe will not have enough money to continue to exist.
Transported into rural America, we witness the challenges of pulling off a high-caliber production with an eccentric cast of characters. Interspersed with the production of the play are interviews and stories of the residents and local business owners who reveal the damage that the recent recession has inflicted upon their way of life. While the production unfolds, the town of Rio Vista becomes an important character itself, as we see a small town’s existence become fragile when it relies on the fading industries of farming and local commerce. All the storylines collide on opening night as the town rallies together to tell their own story on stage.
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