Golden State Film Festival
Hollywood, California USA
March 2, 2020
BEST LOCAL SHORT
Marina del Rey Film Festival
Marina del Rey, California USA
October 25, 2019
SPECIAL MENTION - SOUNTRACK
Global Shorts International Short Film Competition
Los Angeles, California USA
March 31, 2020
One-Reeler Short Film Competition
Los Angeles, California USA
December 31, 2019
2020 3 Minute Film Festival
2019 First Time Filmmaker Sessions
2019 World Premiere Film Awards
2019 Creation International Film Festival
“I moved to Marina del Rey, California in May of 2014, and soon after fell in love with this oceanside village of just over 8,000 residents. Every evening I fall asleep to the sound of the sea lions barking at the moon. The sunset here is an extravagant nightly event, complete with cotton candy-colored clouds that hover just above the harbor. This film is my attempt to capture the experience of my succumbing to the poignant and potent beauty of MdR. My performance of my original song ‘Stranger Star’ is the soundtrack. My Marina is my debut short film.”
-Anjeli Jana, SAG-AFTRA/Television Academy
(Photo Copyright © 2020 Steve Escarcega)
October 21, 2019 - Anjeli Jana answers questions about My Marina at the 2019 Marina del Rey Film Festival Filmmakers Q&A at Cinemark 18 & XD, 6081 Center Drive, Los Angeles, California 90045.
“My Marina: Unusual, Quirky And Yet Monochromatic,” by Nimisha Menon
November 7, 2019
Writer/Director/Actor Anjeli Jana’s My Marina is an ode to her love affair, one that she cautiously explored, of a famed shore that has been a lover to many. With Jana’s voice over, we see the harbour as she sees it – bright, welcoming, and beguiling. With yachts and sailboats docked, a curious seal peeping out of the blue waters, LA’s Marina is beautiful.
Jana narrates her tale. The sermons she has heard of the flashy, why, even sexy coast that might perhaps be more for her to take on. Of its treacherous liaisons and bewitching nights and yet she walks into it – wide awake. She makes it seem like a chapter in her life, from the butterfly moments experienced to the ultimate surrender, her tale both relatable and universal.
At just 1:48 minutes, My Marina is undeniably minuscule on the timescale and yet quite impactful. For a film that has little to no background score, it’s the voiceover that does the work, which could have been accorded with more finesse. ‘Stranger Star’, written and performed by Jana remains the steadfast companion throughout. The editing is passable, but would have done wonders with seamless transitions between the montages. As for the cinematography, Marina Del Rey is far too beautiful for anything to go wrong with it. But, in all fairness, it deserved more.
Jana’s My Marina is unconventional. She lets her subject be this spectacular location, letting the audience soak in the spectacle as she does herself, every time… And, although it is she who is voicing it, the well-written dialogues might as well be someone else’s thoughts, for it is that easy for anyone to fall in love with LA’s Marina.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3.1 out of 5 stars
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