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Movie poster for The Coming of Age

The Coming of Age is about a woman who is beginning to suffer from Alzheimer's  and how this effects both her lifestyle and her relationship with her  adult daughter. The film plays out somewhat like a horror film as her confusion grows, but is also meant to raise issues and spark conversations about Alzheimer's, including the growing stress for adult caregivers who are dealing with their parents' failing mental health.   

Director: David Bradburn

Writer: David E. Tolchinsky

Director of Photography: Joel McGinty

"A wonderfully tragic story told with beautiful craftmanship." UK Film Review

Whereas the classic coming-of-age will feature a youth realizing his or her true self and coming to terms with the loss of innocence of childhood, here the coming of old age is represented as the undoing of the self or loss of one's sense of self.

Joseph A. Kraemer, Towson University


Second Place Finisher


Meet the Cast & Crew

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David Bradburn

With over 30 years of directing and producing experience, Bradburn's award-winning films have screened across the country, as well as in Europe and Asia.


His most recent short film, Family, has already won awards and continues to be screened at festivals across the US.


David has worked in the Indie film world, corporate video world, Network television as well as having a background in social work and education.


When not on set, he spends most of his time working and planning and thinking about being — back on set.



Anne Jacques

An actress in television (Chicago P.D., Prison Break, Turks), Film (The Lucky Ones, Ocean’s 12, The Origins of Wit and Humor), theatre, voice over, commercials, corporate training, Anne has also been a coach for a couple of generations of Chicago actors. When not interpreting the words of screenwriters and playwrights, she writes her own, as a journalist (Pioneer Press) and author (Presentation Skills: On Camera; Chicken Soup for the Soul; Grandpa Talks Funny.) 



Erin Chenoweth

Born and raised in Southern California, Erin Chenoweth loves her new home in Chicago! A graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, she has always had a love for the stage. She will be appearing in the upcoming Artemesia Fall Festival, as well as with the group Spicy Cats at Donny's Skybox here in town.



David E. Tolchinsky

David E. Tolchinsky is the chair of Northwestern University's Department of Radio-TV-Film and Founder and Director of Northwestern University's MFA in Writing for Screen+Stage. As a screenwriter, his feature film Girl is distributed by Sony and has been seen internationally. He has been commissioned by such studios as Touchstone/Disney, MGM, Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures, USA Networks, Edward R. Pressman Film Corp, and Addis-Wechsler & Assoc./Industry Entertainment to write feature screenplays. Most recently, he was ranked #14 on New City's Film 50: Chicago's Screen Gems 2013. He is a graduate of Yale (1985, BA, magna cum laude) and USC School of Cinematic Arts/School of Cinema-Television (1988, MFA).



Susan Monts-Bologna

Susan Monts-Bologna was most recently seen on stage as Granny in Cicada at Route 66 Theatre, Ruth in Maria/Stuart at Sideshow Theatre, and as Mary Tyrone in Eclipse Theatre’s production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. A few years ago she returned to Chicago where she had studied with Del Close at Second City and did her Master’s work at The Goodman School of Drama (now The Theatre School at De Paul).  This was followed by a year at The Milwaukee Rep with John Dillon, doing two world premiers (Friends and Custer) and working with Barry Boys and Sandy Robbins; fifteen years in New York where she did film, several years on Search for Tomorrow, Broadway, numerous Off-Broadway shows, and commercials. 

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Judi Schindler

Judi Schindler launched her professional acting career five years ago after 30 years as a public relations and marketing consultant. Since then, she has appeared in several commercials and short films and as well as numerous theatrical productions. Favorite roles include Miriam Goldman in “Beau Jest.” Alumni Frenchy in “The Original Grease,” Juanita Bartlett “ in “Sordid Lives” and Granma Joad in “The Grapes of Wrath.”  She has also understudied lead roles at Northlight Theater and Victory Gardens.  In addition, she performs a one-woman comedy show, titled “Husbands: An Owner’s Manual,” for women’s organizations and comedy showcases.


Director of Photography

Joel McGinty

McGinty Joel McGinty has worked in camera, lighting, and editing departments on numerous documentary and commercial works. His documentary, Cocal Gracias, told the story of a church helping a community in Honduras rise above poverty and helped raise $70,000 to construct a trade school. His credits include "The Wedding Pact", "The Last Letter", and Dreams



Genevieve Venjohnson

A sense of adventure, the desire for excellence, and a soul that loves to be playful. These are  aspects that have yielded an unusually varied, and accomplished experience playing on stages, and screens both big and small. It includes Greek Tragedies Off-Broadway, Rock Operas in Germany, and television stardom in South America.


Many years of incremental growth as an artist have been sustained by theatre, tv commercials, corporate industrials, television and film roles. Before playing Nurse Howard in SISTERS, highlights included: Judge Colette Retman on AMC's, LOW WINTER SUN, and Crystahl Shondeleer in, ATTACK OF THE ZOMBIE DRAG QUEENS.

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Performing Artist/Educator

Dr. Marguerite Mariama

Dr. Marguerite Mariama is a performing artist and educator who believes in limitless possibilities

at any age. Versed in the performing arts trifecta—dance, music and theater—every performance is 

infused with the emotions of hard won (but beautiful) life lessons. With numerous acting credits that include television, film, commercials and theatre, she has won critical acclaim on New York City stages in both ensemble and solo productions. Her work as a voiceover artist and print model has been heard and seen in numerous commercial ads. She is a member of Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA). She has been a musical guest on television shows that include BET Jazz, and co-produced, hosted 

and performed in the Sounds of Sikia music series for WYCC-TV (PBS) in Chicago.


Dr. Mariama is the founder and president of From The Inside Out Inc., a performing arts consulting firm, and Tomorrow’s Village, Inc. (501c3), a curriculum-based performing arts and education production company.

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