I haven't spoken with her yet, but my sense is that Deborah Calla, who produced and co-wrote the new indie film A Beautiful Life, feels a strong connection to the lead character of Maggie.
It's just a sense, but the character of Maggie, a teenage girl running away from the sexual abuse of her father, doesn't seem like an emotional story you would want to participate in telling unless it really spoke to your soul.
Of course, I could be completely mistaken.
Calla, a Brazilian native, first discovered Wendy Hammond's play, Jersey City, back in 1996. It took a long time to translate Jersey City into A Beautiful Life, but I'm sure there is an audience out there for this alternately harsh and yet tender slice of modern life.
AUDIO EXCERPT: "I think this is the best work Bai has ever done. This is a woman who looks amazing with makeup on, amazing without any makeup on. She just has so many different colors and goes through such a journey. I hope this movie will show other producers and directors what she can really do."
And Calla found some strong women to fill the lead and featured roles, starting with Angela Sarafyan as Maggie, the lead character, and continuing with Bai Ling as Maggie’s protector, Dana Delaney as her mother and Debi Mazar as a librarian who takes an interest in Maggie.
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