Outwardly Mara has it all. While internally, she is melting with toxic dysfunction as she’s reached the plateau for optimal burnout. Mara is not hard, but she’s not soft. Successful? According to others, yes. Is she grounded-a tricky notion with a complicated answer? Three surgeries in, haunted from that night, she woke up with an un-listable list of unknowns, a dysfunctional family, and single as fuck. She questions the universe about how she got here? It’s not that she didn’t want the husband or the kids; she wanted to do it in her own time. Instead, she chose career and isolation. Concrete Marshmallow isn’t a coming of age; it’s a being brave and finding the resolve in the magic that is life.
Concrete Marshmallow is in the early stages of development with C'Mon Productions and is an official selection for Stowe Story Labs Feature Campus 2022. This is Jessica's first feature.
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A missed call from an unknown number spirals Sara into distress. She knows what the call is but can’t bring herself to return it. For a reason, her greatest fear would be confirmed as true if she did. She’s stuck in an airport due to her flight being delayed multiple times. Her inner world is crumbling. A projected unyielding panic overwhelms her as she tries to find a solution to get home. Can’t anybody help her? A small gesture from a woman who works for the airline takes Sara to a lounge where an unlikely stranger becomes the confessional she didn’t know she needed. SARA is an intimate short film about a woman who finds the strength to confront a cancer diagnosis by relying on the comfort of strangers.
Writer/Director Jessica Hinkson receives the Women In Film Screenplay Award from the Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival '21 with SARA. In pre-production, filming will commence in January 2022. Produced by Ashleigh Rains of C'Mon Mort Productions. Captured by Cinematographer Lainie Knox.