ABOUT THE FILM
Jessica, a young artistic introvert wants nothing more than to go to college and live a normal life but is held back by cystic fibrosis, a terminal illness through which she explores her own mortality with art and poetry in this mother-daughter story.WRITTEN/DIRECTED BY:
Monique Tirshman, Jessica TirshmanPRODUCED BY:
2019 – TBA mins – CAN
BEHIND THE SCENES
OFFICIAL SELECTION in the Spring 2018 Screencraft Film Fund in the Short Film SCRIPT Category.
OFFICIAL SELECTION in the Winter 2018 California Women's Film Festival in the Short Film SCRIPT Category.
FINALIST in the Winter 2018 California Women's Film Festival in the Short Film SCRIPT Category.
SEMI-FINALIST in the Spring 2018 Screencraft Film Fund in the Short Film SCRIPT Category.
SEMI-FINALIST in the 21st San Francisco Screenplay Competition in the Short Film SCRIPT Category.
SEMI-FINALIST in the Diverse Voices Screenplay Competition 2018 by WeScreenplay in the Short Film SCRIPT Category.
QUARTER-FINALIST in the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition 2018-19 in the Short Film SCRIPT Category.
SEMI-FINALIST in the Circus Road Screenplay Competition 2018 in the Short Film SCRIPT Category.
FINALIST in the Circus Road Screenplay Competition 2018 in the Short Film SCRIPT Category.
OFFICIAL SELECTION in the Script Summit Screenplay Competition 2019 in the Short Film SCRIPT Category.
FINALIST in the Creative World Awards Screenwriting Competition 2019 in the Short Film SCRIPT Category.
This script is strongly visual, emotional, and stylish with a gripping parent-child drama holding it together, told in a unique way that must be seen to be experienced. And yet, the script is so well-written and lean that we can see it clearly in our heads, understand all the transitions, and connect with the characters. At one point, it was believed that Jessica may live when she fights back with every bit of resolve and optimism she had when she lay dying, when she began physical therapy and, finally, began her life. The visual, emotional way the writer wrote those scenes are absorbing and produce anticipation over the final cut of the film that will eventually come. Then, when she does die, our heart sinks, especially from the well-done transitions between moments from the past and present, beginning and end from the plants and pay-offs. Overall, the story is solid and the presentation is creative and stylish with a full understanding of the screenwriting and film mediums, leading to an emotional tragic mother-daughter story. - New York International Screenplay Awards (2019)
BASED ON A TRUE STORY
Cherry Blossoms in March is based on a true story about the life of Jessica Tirshman and her experience of cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disease with no cure and a short life expectancy. The film takes inspiration from a poem Jessica wrote entitled "Spontaneous Combustion" about her near death experience and double lung transplant. The film was written and directed by Jessica's sister Riley Rheyan. The film explores Jessica's art and poetry by bringing them to life through animation. Jessica passed away in March of 2014, she is dearly missed. We hope her story will make a positive impact in the world and spread awareness of CF.
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Producer; Thomas Emann
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CBiM Film Inc. is a registered non-profit short film in B.C, Canada. All profits from the film's screenings, festival wins, merchandise sales, and donations will be given to Cystic Fibrosis Canada or other Foundations in relation to Cystic Fibrosis (worldwide). This film was made to raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis and shine a light on one girl close to our hearts.
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