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OCEAN CHILD: a short film by WIFVNE Member Marilyn Swick

13 Dec 2022 7:55 PM | Sule Kiziltas (Administrator)

Sule KIZILTAS, newly graduated from Department at Suffolk University and welcomes the opportunities to connect about careers in media and journalism, also seeks for OPT opportunities. 


WIFVNE Member Marilyn Swick,  award winning SAG-AFTRA actor, screen-writer, director, and producer, recently wrapped her latest film "Ocean Child". The film was shot in Plymouth Beach, MA and Kahala Beach, HI. Marilyn and her co-writer Laura Koons of Katy, Texas created a mystical world of mermaids, dreams, hopes, and destiny. 

"Marilyn and Laura have written and created a story that is every childhood dream come true", stated Heather Whitty, the casting director and acting coach." They created a magical world that feels heartfelt, inclusive, and most importantly full of endless wonder. An incredibly well-crafted and imaginative screenplay with characters that embody worlds of their own that you can't wait to learn more about." 

The cast of the film traveled from Hawaii, New England, Texas and Virginia for the shoot. One of the writers, Ms. Swick, said that the reason why they chose Plymouth Beach is because the rocky beaches would best serve to showcase their mystical cove. "We loved the rocks" she added. The storyline of the film follows a young girl's journey towards her destiny as a mermaid attending the underwater School of Mermaidology and Neptunism in spite of her mother's fears. The young girl's name is Hope and she is merhuman like her father and grandmother.

The film features eight mermaids from six years of and up including Queen Amara of the Seven Seas and Aria, the music teacher who plays a magical saxophone and signs from their School of Mermaidology and Neptunism. Avery Rodgers, from Virginia, plays the lead role of Hope and is also a singer and songwriter. Marilyn Swick plays the role of Serena, Hope's grandmother, who was the original Queen of the Seven Seas and she is also a merhuman who gave uo her mermaid life when she fell in love with a sailor on the Navy ship, the Blue Ghost. Other cast includes the roles of Queen Amara (LaTeace Towns-Cuellar); Aria-the music teacher of the school (Evelyn Rubio); Joy from the original concept "Wish Upon A Starfish". The supporting cast comes from New England including Mary Herbert, Alex Bensley, Rhys Cote, Gavin Walker, Chloe Trejo, Jayla Onwuakor and Lexi (Grand Champion Doberman-Hope's trusted companion).

Marilyn Swick says that the original concept "Wish Upon A Starfish" was captured as a proof of concept five years ago with a diverse cast in TX; this storyline expanded into series that brought more diversity to the cast and became "Ocean Child".

"Ocean Child" will begin its journey in the Academy Award Qualifying Film Festival Circuit in 2023 with the culmination of mystical series being optioned by one of the networks.

For more information and those who would like to follow their journey, follow them on Facebook and IMDB.



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