From the award-winning screenplay that was an official selection of...
Boston Independent Film Festival
Montreal Independent Film Festival
Toronto International Womens Film Festival
RAMONA AT MIDLIFE is a dramatic comedy about a single mother and former Literary It Girl who discovers that her unflattering current reality is the subject of a hot filmmaker’s newest project. As Ramona faces up to her disappointments and wrecked friendships, she finds true creative power and is finally ready to become her best self.
Joel De La Fuente
"Dear Patti Smith," Ramona writes. "When you were raising your kids in St Clair Shores, were you ever lonely like me?"
Fifteen years ago, Ramona published a book of essays that made the New York Times Bestseller List and for a brief moment, she was a Literary It-Girl. But now, in her 40’s, exhausted, her creative life is on hold. Ramona is a single mother living in Queens, working at a pet clinic and raising her precocious daughter, Kiki.
When Ramona’s estranged husband Carlos, an actor, tells her that a hot filmmaker’s newest project seems blatantly ripped from Ramona’s life — both her previous success and current stasis — she is shocked. Carlos thinks she's overreacting, and so does Imani, her former best friend and literary agent — Imani calls it an "homage."
Later on the playground, Ramona learns that Sage, a young mom and Instagram star, is the source of the story. “I kind of think of you as a cautionary tale for women artists,” Sage confides.
Her flatline about to be revealed, Ramona needs to reclaim her own story. She consults a lawyer. She starts dating again. She ends up in bed with Carlos. And meanwhile, she's writing letters to her artistic idol, Patti Smith, wondering how Smith survived domestic life and re-entered the world as an artist in her prime.
Ramona finally wrangles a meeting with the filmmaker, who is charming but guarded. He admits to "borrowing" her story, but before Ramona can claim her due, Kiki calls — she's stranded and needs her mom. Ramona knows her first line of duty will always be her daughter, and that's okay. Ramona rushes to Kiki. And on Rockaway Beach, a sighting! Is it Patti Smith? Or perhaps a sign that she's okay.
WHY WE NEED THIS MOVIE RIGHT NOW
Our film reimagines what happens to women over the age of 40. And begs the question: Why is a woman’s story still most marketable when told by a man? While stories by and about women over 40 are finally starting to see the light of day, there is still so much work to do. How are we seen? In what light? And by whom? No empty-nester looking for meaning, Ramona is a working mom, raising a nine-year-old on her own, showing up every day at a mediocre job, too exhausted to ask for more. Until now. Forced to take a good hard look at herself, Ramona will emerge a woman in her prime, redefining what prime looks like.
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