MAIL ORDER BRIDE
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What was meant to be a futuristic cautionary tale has become all too real..
What was meant to be a futuristic cautionary tale has become a very current, relatable story. Briana finds herself at a crossroads, haunted by the consequences of an ectopic pregnancy and the relentless prosecution that ensues. She embarks on a courageous escape, venturing into a scary situation as a Mail Order Bride.
Through her journey, she encounters other damaged people, all harboring their own secrets and dreams. One of them shares a secret about her life-changing past and offers Briana a lifeline.
ABOUT THE FILM
2023 is the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which was overturned last year. Women all over the country now live in states where they can no longer receive abortions, even when it's necessary to save their lives. In Mail Order Bride, Briana has to flee because she's been convicted for having a surgical procedure to save her from an ectopic pregnancy.
Mail Order Bride won the award for Best Script at the 2023 Toronto Indie Shorts festival and was a Quarterfinalist for the CinemaStreet Womens' Short Screenplay competition.
Briana on the run
What would you do?..
..if you were prosecuted for having a miscarriage? This isn't just fiction. It's happening now. "Mail Order Bride" features a main character who flees to Canada with a bounty on her head after her doctor is arrested for saving her life.
PRODUCERS AND CREW
This movie is being produced by Bad Intentions Productions, a company registered in Pennsylvania
Sandra Wade co-wrote, co-produced and starred in “Choices”, a short film made for less than $1000 that was selected by over a dozen film festivals and won awards for Best Produced Independent Short and Best Comedy Short (Actor/Actress) at the Philadelphia World Film Festival and Italy’s Reale Monthly Festival. “ She has appeared in several commercials, independent films, plays, and series. Her one-act play “Skeptics” premiered at the Offpage Play Festival in November 2022. She is the owner of Bad Intentions Productions, a film company registered in Pennsylvania. "Choices" premiered at the Media Film Festival on March 30, 2023.
Anne Schmalzigan / "Briana"
Anne attended Bucknell University. She caught the acting bug after appearing in the Domestic Violence fundraiser ‘The Vagina Monologues.’ She has a diverse resume, having acted in true-crime reenactments, independent films, commercials, and supernatural thrillers. She’s a vital member of Diop Productions, where she is a principle actress and Production Manager. She currently stars in "Trust No One," a film on Amazon Prime.
Tommy Joyner / "Tim"
Tommy Joyner is co-Owner at MilkBoy the Studio, MilkBoy Venue, and producer at BBCG Films/MilkBoy Entertainment. He started MilkBoy Recording as a small private recording studio, which slowly grew into the premier recording facility in Philadelphia. In 2006 the studio branched out to form its MilkBoy live music venue business, which now resides at the corner of 11th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia. In 2010, MilkBoy formed a film production company. The first offering, "Slow Learners," was acquired by IFC and released in theaters and OnDemand in August 2015.
Alana Hill / "Tina"
Alana Hill attends acting classes at Playhouse West-Philadelphia and has performed in many scenes and plays such as The Agreement, All in a Day's Work, and more. Her film work includes the award-winning Alma's Vows and Password. She's grateful that her experience in the 2022 Philadelphia production of the Miss Bomba Claudie comedy play led her to Sandra and Oliver! Excited to see what's next and full of joy for what has come!
by Sandra Wade
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. I didn’t even realize this anniversary was coming up when I wrote “Mail Order Bride” at the end of 2022.
The inspiration for the script was a conversation with co=producer Oliver Assiran after the infamous, cataclysmic Dobbs decision overturning Roe. I wondered aloud whether, if a federal ban on abortion and birth control was eventually passed, we would start to see American women advertising themselves as “mail order brides” online to escape oppression here in the United States.
This may seem far-fetched, but in many states where eager right-wing lawmakers couldn’t wait to pass laws infringing upon womens’ right to choose their own reproductive path, women and their doctors risk arrest and jail time. In Texas, women are even at the mercy of greedy bounty hunters who can earn $10k for turning in women who’ve had abortions to law enforcement.
In “Mail Order Bride”, Briana doesn’t even have an abortion. An ectopic pregnancy threatens her life, and her doctor is arrested after the operation. This nightmare plot isn’t some distant, futuristic scenario I created. Many states are criminalizing women right now, in 2023. Women are also dying of ectopic pregnancies or having to make perilous trips to other states because doctors and hospitals in states with restrictions on abortion are too afraid to break the law.
As abortions move back into the back alley, maternal healthcare has also suffered. Maternal deaths have increased by over 60% in states that criminalized abortion.
What can those of us who are afraid and angry do?
Art's Influence on Society
As a writer, I’ve always channeled my passions and beliefs in my work. I strongly believe in the ability of art, and that includes film, to change society.
The “Mail Order Bride” script was my way to make my voice heard on this important issue, and I know everyone who’s signed onto the film feels as passionately about this project as I do.
That’s why I think this film is destined to succeed.
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