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Mar 12

New Arts Residency: Erica Fae

Doors at 6:30pm, Screening begins at 7:30pm

Attendance is free with RSVP to

Set in 1867, and inspired by true stories of female lighthouse keepers, To Keep the Light is an empowering assertion of womanhood. On an isolated island along the windswept coast of Maine, Abbie cares for her bedridden husband, and is tasked with maintaining the lighthouse – a post forbidden to women at the time.  When a sailor lands on the rocks, Abbie fears she may have caused his ship to crash, and secrets buried in the deep waters emerge, putting her opportunity for independence in jeopardy.  Winning the prestigious Fipresci Prize, Best Director at Berlin Indp Film Fest, and a host of other awards, To Keep the Light paints a landscape of stark, aching beauty; illustrates the complexity of loss; and offers an untold (her)story of a woman literally and figuratively at the edge of society, pressing the glass ceiling of her time.


About the Artist:

Erica Fae brings powerful, radical stories from history onto the stage and screen. Her first feature film as writer/director/producer/actor, To Keep the Light, was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize (International Critics’ Prize/Mannheim), Best Director (Berlin Indp FF), Best of Show (BendFilm), Best Emerging Director (St. Louis Int’l FF), 2 Best Narrative Feature Awards (Ojai and Port Townsend festivals), and 2 Best Cinematography Awards (Woods Hole & Las Vegas festivals). It also screened at Vancouver Int’l Film Fest, and was nominated for festival prizes at Woodstock, Florida, Nashville, New Hampshire, Filmfest DC, and Salento (Italy).  She has also won Best Short and Best Actress prizes for her short, Christine 1403; and her play, Take What Is Yours (on suffragist Alice Paul) was named a Critics’ Pick in The New York Times and BackstageTo Keep the Light was picked up by Gravitas in US/Canada and Flix Premiere in UK/France.  Among film/tv credits, she’s been on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Doll & Em, and Random Acts of Flyness, and she teaches at Yale School of Drama, Columbia’s Film Program, and the New School for Drama.  Erica is in development on her second feature, also set in the 1800’s in New England.