The Rest I Make Up
During the 2000s, Cuban-American dramatist Maria Irene Fornes stopped writing. A founder of Off-Off-Broadway experimental theatre, Fornes is known as ‘Mother Avant garde’ in literary circles. To the outside world she’s either hailed as “the greatest writer you’ve never heard of” or dismissed as “Susan Sontag’s ex-lover”.
When fellow writer Michelle Memran realised dementia was causing the once-prolific playwright’s faltering productivity, she began filming their time together. The camera, which Fornes called “her beloved”, became their confidante and creative outlet. After Fornes’s condition advanced, Memran used the footage to produce this remarkable documentary.
The Rest I Make Up chronicles Fornes’ formidable talent and provides an insight into her endless and ever-evolving artistry. It also emerges as a powerful story of friendship and trust, as the relationship between the two women deepens. Touching on the absolute tragedy of Alzheimer’s disease, The Rest I Make Up is a truly beautiful and heartbreaking film.
Winner 2018 Frameline Audience Award Best Documentary
Winner 2018 Outshine Film Festival Best Documentary
Nominee 2018 Miami Film Festival Knight Documentary Achievement Award
"The resulting film is a profound, tragic, yet joyful vision of art. It’s more than the portrait of an artist (or even of two); it’s a revelation and exaltation of the artistic essence, of the very nature of an artist’s life as an unending act of creation in itself" - The New Yorker