Theater Arts Award Winning Short Alumna Premieres at Film Festivals • Theater Arts • Marymount Manhattan College

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Last November, Heather María Ács ’02, a graduate of MMC’s theater arts program, presented her new short film, To bloom, at the Big Apple Film Festival, the HollyShorts Film Festival and the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival. The film is currently airing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Programmer’s Notebook through December 10, with a live Q&A with Heather on December 9 at 7:30 p.m. the first one.

Winner for Best LGBTQ Short Film at the Big Apple Film Festival, to bloom is the second film in a series of short films produced by María Ács’ company, FemmePower Productions. The first project, Flush, has also premiered at LGBTQ film festivals such as Outfest, Los Angeles, Newfest, and Oaxaca International Film Fest.

to bloom follows a seasoned drag queen struggling to get out of an unhealthy relationship and a young queer couple exploring non-monogamy. The film features a cast of queer actors with experience in TV shows such as Big City, Empire, and Ramy. Morgan Sullivan ’17, another MMC Theater Arts graduate, also stars in the film. A trailer for to bloom is available to view on Vimeo.

Heather María Ács is a performer, writer and filmmaker whose filmography explores queer / radical subcultures and celebrates trans and non-binary cast and crew members. FemmePower Productions is committed to intersectional equity on screen and behind the scenes, seeking to expand LGBTQ representation in media and culture.

Congratulations Heather on this great achievement!


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