A Light Beneath Their Feet



Sequoia 1 Sat, Oct 10, 2015 8:15 PM
Special Guests Valerie Weiss, Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black)
Rafael 2 Mon, Oct 12, 2015 11:45 AM
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Sequoia 2 Wed, Oct 14, 2015 2:45 PM
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Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Active Cinema
Mind the Gap
Special Premiere
Spotlights & Tributes
Running Time:90 min
Premiere Status:World
Director:Valerie Weiss
Producer:Jeffrey Loeb
Robert Johnson
Screenwriter:Moira McMahon Leeper
Cinematographer:Jeffrey Waldron
Editor:Amanda Griffin
Cast:Taryn Manning
Madison Davenport
Kurt Fuller
Maddie Hasson
Carter Jenkins
Nora Dunn
Print Source:PhD Productions
Note Writer:Holly Roach


In the last few months of high school, college-bound Beth contends with the typical rites of passagedeciding on a school, finding a date to the prom, managing peer pressure from the mean girls, and questioning an uncertain future. As an intelligent and mature young woman, Beth longs for her independence, but is torn between the prospects of her dream school, UCLA, or sticking closer to home at Northwestern to care for her mother, Gloria (Taryn Manning of Orange is the New Black), who is struggling to stabilize her bipolar disorder. Set to a broody but wistful indie-rock soundtrack, this coming-of-age drama sets itself apart in its bold exploration of mental illness and its effect on the family as well as the afflicted. Director Valerie Weiss assuredly elicits strong performances from the entire cast, including the young lead, Madison Davenport, and Taryn Manning. whose performance firmly establishes her as one of the rising stars of her generation.

Program & Party sponsored by:

Co-presented by Bring Change 2 Mind and Film Fatales

Co-presented by Bay Area Women In Film & Media (BAWIFM)

Additional Information

Valerie Weiss is an award-winning filmmaker and Harvard biophysicist. Her first feature, Losing Control, a rom-com about a scientist who wants proof that her boyfriend is “the one,” was released theatrically after her AFI Directing Workshop for Women sci-fi short, Transgressions, won a student BAFTA Award. At Harvard, Weiss founded the Dudley Film Program and served as its Filmmaker in Residence. Recently, she joined America Ferrara, Roberto Orci, and others as a judge for “The Next MacGyver” competition. A Light Beneath Their Feet is her second feature.