BURNING WELL

Feature film in development


An Instagram influencer (pronouns: they/them) reluctantly leaves their beloved Brooklyn and returns home to upstate New York to attend to an ailing parent. Realizing that they've shunned their small-town family and friends, they try to repair relationships that remain close to their heart, including a past love.

Written & Directed by Mary Evangelista
Producer: Karishma Dube
This film is supported by Tribeca All Access 2020 and Sundance Talent Forum 2019

LA GLORIA

To Dream Is To Live


A queer, lovelorn teen struggling with depression finds an unexpected connection to her abuela through the secret language of dreams.

Directed by Mary Evangelista 
Writtern by Stephanie Adams-Santos
Produced by Gia Rigoli, Apoorva Churan, Adanne Ebo
Executive Produced by Amy Ma
Cinematography by Lorena Duran

Miami Film Festival 2020 (HBO Ibero-American Short Film Award Finalist)
Outfest Fusion Film Festival 2020
Manchester Film Festival 2020

Project Involve Showcase 2020
Vail Film Festival 2020
Palm Springs International Shortsfest 2020 (Special Mention: Best LGBTQ+ Short) 
Maryland Film Festival 2020

Outfest United By Pride 2020
Bentonville Film Festival 2020
Outfest Los Angeles Film Festival 2020

This project was supported by Film Independent’s Project Involve Fellowship

WATER MELTS

A VR Rom-Com about people whose loved ones could die soon.



Three episodes featuring caretakers and their terminal loved ones, connected by emotional reality, with the Goddess of the Sea and the Underworld, a mysterious message in a bottle, and a wedding at the end -it’s a romantic comedy, after all.

Created and Directed by Lilian Mehrel & Mary Evangelista 
Produced by Ting Lui
Cinematography by Mary Evangelista

Tribeca Film Festival ‘19 
Nashvile Film Festival ‘19 
International Film Festival Rotterdam ‘19

This project is supported by Tribeca Film Institute x Google Daydream Interactive Lab 

FRAN THIS SUMMER

The Beach Is Calling


A day at the beach tests the relationship of a teenage couple whose other half begins her transition.  

Written & Directed by Mary Evangelista
Produced by Mary Evangelista, Alex Wallace, Elegance Bratton & Chester Algernal
Cinematography by Ines Gowland
Edited by Alan Wu
Starring Zenobia Teague & Emily Bessa

Sundance Film Festival ‘19 
New Orleans Film Festival
Florida Film Festival
Inside Out Film Festival 
Palm Springs International Shorts
Provincetown Film Festival - Best Student Short Winner 
Outfest Los Angeles - US Grand Jury Prize Winner
Rhode Island International Film Festival - 1st Prize Alternative Award
Reykjavik International Film Festival - Golden Egg Finalist
Newfest 

YOUR MOTHER (INA NYO)

Resilience is Made



Follow Ana, a young housemaid in Manila, as she is caught between the rivalry of the young siblings whose lust for her jeopardizes her position in their household.

Written & Directed by Mary Evangelista
Produced by Mary Evangelista, Lucia Res, Ben Padero, Elegance Bratton & Chester Algernal
Cinematography by Joanne Mony Park
Starring Elora Espano, Bing Pimentel, Joybelline Jamora, Brian Matthew Sy & Lui Manansala
Cinema One Original Film Festival
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Tallahassee Film Festival
Green Mountain Film Festival