BWW Reviews: Sedona International Film Festival Presents OUR ALMOST COMPLETELY TRUE STORY- A Perfect Gem Of A Love Story
Directed by Don Scardino, the film (1 hour 29 minutes run time) is one of the featured screenings at this year’s Sedona International Film Festival (February 19th-27th).
Written by: Herbert Paine
Think Mariette Hartley, think charm!
See her film, OUR ALMOST COMPLETELY TRUE STORY (co- starring, written, and produced with her husband, Jerry Sroka), and think charming!
This brilliantly paced and cleverly written account of love discovered in the golden years is in itself a pure work of gold and Hartley, radiant as ever, is its centerpiece. She delivers a masterful mint performance, matched by Sroka’s comedic prowess.
The semi-fictitious film covers their courtship, that of an unlikely pairing of opposites whose attraction is ultimately irresistible. He’s short; she’s taller. He’s Jewish; she’s not. He’s a man of voices and jokes; she’s proper and reserved. What’s not to love?
Jerry can be seen in the new film, OUR almost completely true STORY, that he wrote and produced with his wife, Mariette Hartley. They had previously produced Dog Years, written by Jerry’s son Warren and available on Amazon Prime.
Mariette and Jerry’s careers both began in children’s theatre. Mariette in Connecticut, where she played mostly men (because of her height) and Jerry in New Jersey, where he played…you guessed it, mostly witches (because of his height).
Past credits include the film, Broadway and Boston productions of Godspell. He wrote and appeared in Dying for Laughs at the Santa Monica Playhouse, it has been published by Samuel French and produced in Georgia, Connecticut and New York. He has appeared at the Woodstock Playhouse, The Eastside Playhouse and City Center in N.Y. Some of his TV appearances include Brooklyn 99, Shameless, Shake It Up, Sisters, Seinfeld, West Wing, Providence, Ally McBeal, Philly, Murder One, Murphy Brown, Ellen and The Division. His voice can be heard on Family Guy, The Life and Times of Tim, Antz, Duckman, The Wild Thornberrys and The Brothers Flub.
Emmy Award-winning actress Mariette Hartley is recognized as one of the most versatile actresses in the industry through her impressive career in television, film and theatre. In addition to recurring roles on Law & Order: SVU and 9-1-1, she has appeared in dozens of other television shows from Mash, Grey’s Anatomy, The Mentalist, Big Love, Star Trek, Bonanza, Twilight Zone, and The Incredible Hulk. She was a three-time Clio Award winner for her Polaroid commercials with James Garner. She hosted the CBS Morning Program and Wild About Animals. Her stage appearances include the Broadway production of Cabaret and the national company of Copenhagen.
She studied with John Houseman at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford and Eva La Galliene. Her first film role was in Sam Peckinpah’s classic, Ride the High Country. She went on to a career in film roles, including Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie, Encino Man, 1969, and Improper Channels. Hartley’s bestselling autobiography, Breaking the Silence, is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
A familiar face on both the big and small screen, comic character actor Stuart Pankin is a five-time nominated, CableAce Award winner for HBO’s award-winning series “Not Necessarily The News.” He is well-known for providing the voice of Earl Sinclair, the blustery father, on the Emmy award-winning “Dinosaurs.” (He sang on, and composed two songs for, the Disney album “Dinosaurs: The Big Songs”, and performed Earl on the “Dinosaurs: Classic Tales” tape release.)
Bernie Kopell is an American character actor known for his roles as Siegfried in Get Smart from 1966 to 1969 and as Dr. Adam Bricker (“Doc”) on The Love Boat from 1977 to 1986.
ASH SROKA is an actor, voice-over artist, dancer and writer. She looped her first foreign film at age 6, and at 11 appeared in her first professional production in New York at the Ensemble Studio Theater, followed by her first feature film later that year. She has worked in tv, film, animation, games, and commercials, and is most known for her work as “Tali’Zorah” in Bioware’s award winning game trilogy, Mass Effect. Most recently, she can be heard as the voice of “Tiana” and “Aldonza” in the epic fantasy RPG game, “Waylanders” which was released in February 2022. She has originated roles in productions in New York at E.S.T., Jewish Rep., A.I.P., HERE, and Urban Stages, amongst others. In LA, she has appeared in venues such as The Matrix, The Whitefire, The Ford, The Getty, and Highways. Ash is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Experimental Theatre Wing. You can follow her signing prints, making faces in her recording studio, and hiking in the hills on her IG @ashsroka. She is so honored to be a part of this film.
JUSTINE E. BOYRIVEN
NANCY LINEHAN CHARLES