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Synopsis: Two Teresas is a film about two women who share a name and live in the same building. One of them is a youthful Dominican woman with a proposal and exciting career on the horizon, while the other is a senior Italian widow trying to navigate life on her own for the very first time. They form a beautiful bond that bridges their cultural and generational divide, filling needs for one another they didn’t even realize they had. This is a film about friendship, tough decisions, and second chances.

Language

English, Spanish

Run Time

15 minutes

Starring

Ariana Taveras (Teresa Diaz)
Angela Pietropinto (Teresa Russo)

Directed by

Rosanne Limoncelli
Ariana Taveras

Cinematographer

Alice Millar

Director's Statement

This story builds on the idea that people of all ages and cultures have much in common. The two main characters forge a friendship that helps them both with the struggles they are facing. This story illustrates that the false divide between cultures and generations can start with a small interaction that opens the door to empathy and understanding. We are all human beings who need the same things, no matter where our families come from or how old we are.

Director's Bio

Rosanne Limoncelli is a filmmaker, writer, and roller skater living in Brooklyn. Rosanne writes plays, screenplays, poetry, mystery fiction, and other genres. She has written and directed short films, produced documentaries and educational films, and is currently in preproduction to produce and direct her first feature. But mostly she writes, and writes, and loves to write. Her short fiction first appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and her most recent work is in Suspense Magazine and Noir Nation. Rosanne is also the Director of Production for Film and New Media at the Kanbar Institute in Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She received her BFA from the Department of Film & TV at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and her MA and PhD in Teaching Reading, Writing, and Media from NYU’s Steinhardt School. She has been teaching writing and filmmaking to students and professors for many years, and has often served as an educational and technology consultant and speaker at many conferences and universities.

Ariana Taveras is an Afro-Latina writer, director, producer, and performer from Newark, NJ. This last year she co-starred in Two Teresas, a short film she co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed funded by The Russo Brothers. Ariana also co-produced and performed in a virtual production of Windowpain, a play by Rosanne Limoncelli. Last Christmas she starred in Beccs’ music video for her song celebrating queer love,“Before this Christmas Ends.” She was the Senior Production Coordinator for the SNL film unit, is an alum of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Drama Program and is currently completing her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at NYU.

Production Year

2022

Official Website

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https://www.instagram.com/livandlernproductions/

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