Directed by Dramatic Media Professor Shannon Ivey, "Ruth" is now an Official Selection for The Prague International Film Festival where it is up for Best Short, Best Foreign Short, and Best Director.
The cast and crew have also been selected as semi-finalists for the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in the categories of Best Drama, Best Female Movie, Best Female Director, and Best Original Score (Rolando Gori). Films selected to premiere at the festival in August will be announced in March.
The cast and crew were also an official selection for the Independent Shorts Awards from a pool of submissions from 37 countries, a new record number. The awards will be held at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood in April where the film is nominated in all of the same categories.
In partnership with Alamo City Studios, Theatre For Change, TLU’s Brown Cultural Enrichment Endowment, and the Department of Dramatic Media, the short film previewed on September 20, 2019 at TLU’s Studio Theatre in the Weston Center.
Set in the Depression-era South, “Ruth” is the true story of a pregnant, destitute mother of four forced to seek unregulated means to end a pregnancy so her family can survive.
The film’s title character, Ruth Delay, is the great-great grandmother of Dramatic Media Professor Shannon Ivey.
As a filmmaker and storyteller, Ivey says the piece at its root is about people in really extreme situations and the horrible things many of them—especially women—are forced to do.
While she always knew Ruth’s story was one of despair, Ivey never knew the truth behind what really happened.