2017 Film Festival Speak

Two estranged brothers, one gay and one conservative Christian, are forced to reunite when their mother (Susan Blakely) takes to her bed and is unable to speak. The film also stars Mary Wilson, a founding member of legendary Motown music group THE SUPREMES.



Marc Saltarelli is an award-winning filmmaker with both narrative and documentary credits. He is a PlanetOut Short Movie Award winner and a two-time IRIS Prize nominee for his short films.

SPEAK will be Marc’s 8th narrative short film to date. His films have screened in over 200 major film festivals worldwide, including OutFest, Palm Springs ShortFest, Toronto Film Festival and Hollywood Film Festival. Several have been broadcast domestically on MTV Networks and internationally on Canal + Television. Marc’s short WHERE WE BEGAN was honored at the PlanetOut Short Movie Awards brunch held at the Sundance Film Festival. 3 of his films were Official Selections of the BFI London LGBT Film Festival and screened in the National Film Theater in London.
Marc began his career in the art departments of Cannon Films and has a film degree from Loyola Marymount University with graduate work in directing from USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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