Synopsis of “Times Like These"
After immigrating to Queens, New York, Marisol has suffered alone and in silence at the hands of her abusive and cheating husband for years. Now pregnant with her second child, her desperation to save her young son and soon-expected daughter from this hell has reached its breaking point. The catalysts that finally make Marisol muster up the courage to escape are the words from her son, “Mom, get us out of here”, and the encouragement of her neighbor, Gladys. One night, she wakes her son while her husband is asleep. They escape with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Marisol is all alone in a new country with no means of support, but she knows she must find the strength to make a better future for her children.
Why Is This Story Important?
My mother's story is one that I know many can relate to, however different their personal story of survival may be.
I've always felt compelled to tell my mother's story. And this film is my chance to give her a voice. It has taken me fourteen years to tell such a personal story. I was four when my parents got divorced, so what you see in the movie are all memories I have as a child.
It would mean the world to me to bring this story to the screen. Marisol is my mother. My hope for this film is for women to find inspiration from my mother's perseverance and strength. Her courage has certainly inspired me. I want woman to feel empowered if they find themseles in the same situation as Marisol. And on a personal note, this film is my opportunity to give something back to my mother who deserves this and so much more. Making this film is my opportunity to thank my hero, the person I am honored to call my mom.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support! Thank you for helping me shine a light on all the women that have been physically and emotionally abused by their spouse and on all the mothers that make courageous decisions for the sake of their children.
With your support we can make this film possibly. Here is where your money is going.
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As a thank you for your kind and generous contribution, we hope you'll enjoy some of the perks we've put together that range from a cameo in the film to an Executive Producer credit.
Lorena Gordon was born and raised in Queens, New York. Ever since she can remember she loved to tell stories through a camera. She picked up the family camcorder when she was six and that’s when her love for filmmaking began. The stories that she is most intrigued by and passionate about telling are about the human condition and the complicated facets of life. Lorena has directed and produced the short films Fallen Hero, The Uninvited, The Cure, and Alone. She has also been fortunate to work with and learn from her mentors including: Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes, and Ben Stiller.
New York native Christopher Eadicicco was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2011 Long Island International Film Expo for his work on the feature film True to the Heart (also an official selection at the New York Film Festival ‘11 and Big Apple Film Festival ’11). His numerous credits include music videos, short films, documentaries, web and television series, and feature films. His current projects include the feature films The End Game and Young Mallory.
Meet The Cast:
Nancy Castro (Marisol)
Nancy Castro was born in a small town in rural Colombia. As a child, she participated in her town's dancing group and school plays. After high school she completed a degree in Economics and International Trade. She later moved to the United States where she completed her Teaching Certification and began work as a Spanish teacher. After a conversation with her students about their future education and their dreams she realized she wasn't living her dream. Thus, in the summer of 2011 she quit her job and is now doing what she loves: "using my voice, my body, and my whole self to tell the story of our human condition".
Jayson Simba (Gilberto)
Jayson Simba is a native New York actor who has studied at NYC's The Neighborhood Playhouse and The Acting Studio. He has trained with renowned acting coaches James Price and Susan Seidelman. Jayson can be seen in Syfy’s original film BATTLEDOGS alongside Craig Sheffer and Dennis Haysbert as well as in the indie feature Soft in the Head, currently making its rounds on the festival circuit.
Marlene Forte Machado (Gladys)
Marlene was born in Havana, Cuba. Forte has appeared in many independent films since the early 1990s. She received an Imagen Foundation Awards nomination for performance in the 2008 movie Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story. On television, Forte appeared in recurring roles on House of Payne, Crossing Jordan, and The Scret Life of The American Teen. Her film appearances include the transporter chief in the 2009 Star Trek reboot and Mrs. Glass in Real Woman Have Curves.
In 2012, she began appearing on TNT's revamped Dallas, playing Carmen Ramos.
Ethan Rosero (Alex)
Ethan Rosero is an up and coming actor from Raleigh, North Carolina. He has taken acting instruction from the well known Heather Snow Clark School of Acting. Ethan can be seen as a member of the Orphan Army on NBC's Revolution and as a festival kid in the feature film "We're The Millers" releasing this August starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. Ethan has a large extended family in New York and is looking forward to spending time with them during the filming of "Times Like These."
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Lorena, Chris, Nancy, Jayson, and Ethan.