We love our heroines of the indie world and Marianna Palka embodies the spirit of independent cinema with a refinement of glowing stature. She is the creative vision behind the thought-provoking masterpiece “Bitch” which is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. As the writer, director and lead of this riveting drama, Marianna deftly crafts the provocative tale of a woman who assumes the psyche of a dog after extreme duress in her life. Her unusual psychotic break forces her philandering husband (Jason Ritter) to mend ties with his four children and sister in-law (Jamie King) as they band together to save their family. Seeing how she’s part of the Sundance series “Meet The Artists” (above), we get an intimate look at her film-making processes, thoughts and some behind the scenes footage from the film.
Marianna has graced Sundance several times with her moving docu-short “The Lion Mouth Opens” about her own real-life story of facing the risk of Huntington’s disease debuting in the 2014 Edition. Back in 2008’s Sundance, she was the captivating ingénue in “Good Dick” as a reclusive woman who visits a video store to rent soft-core porn which saw her first collaborating with Jason Ritter. Marianna threads on the profoundness of the human condition that forces us to look within ourselves and that’s the mark of her compelling talents.
She has also guest-starred as Minerva, the older sister of Jessa Johansson (Jemima Kirke) from her mom’s side on the HBO hit series “Girls” (which is returning for its 6th Season). Her character even ruffled the feathers of one Adam Driver of Star Wars: The Force Awakens fame who plays Adam Sackler, Jemma’s beau in Season 5. It won’t be long before we get to see the lovely Marianna headline a TV series too. For now, we’re in veneration of her appeal that’s built on geniality and absorbing gifts on screen.