AT THE MOVIES
Principal photography has begun on “After the Fall,” a forthcoming film based on the inspiring true story of John and Brenda Fareri, who found solace after the death of their young daughter Maria, by building the world class Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.
The film, starring David Duchovny and Hope Davis, and Timothy Hutton, written by Carroll Cartwright (“What Maisie Knew”) , directed by Anthony Fabian (“Skin”), and produced by Anthony Mastromauro’s Identity Films, is currently shooting on location in Connecticut.
After Maria died, the Fareris learned that their daughter had made a special wish "for the health and well-being of all the children in the world," as part of a school project. With Maria’s spirit guiding them, her parents, family and 20,000 other members of the community worked together to create a state of the art children's hospital, making Maria’s wish a reality. Today, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital is a place where families are welcomed into the healing process as partners with the staff in the care of their loved ones. This hospital, inspired by Maria’s wish for children’s global health and well-being, not only keeps Maria’s memory alive, but has also gone on to help thousands of children and their families, while becoming the template for future children’s hospitals.
“John and Brenda Fareri are truly extraordinary people,” commented producer Anthony Mastromauro of Identity Films. “When first hearing their story I immediately knew it was one which needed to be shared.”
David Duchovny (“Californication,” “The X Files”) and Hope Davis (“The Newsroom,” “American Splendor,” “The Special Relationship”) star as John and Brenda Fareri, with Timothy Hutton (“Leverage,” “The Ghost Writer”) playing Bruce Komiske, who helps the family in their long, emotional journey to obtain funding for the planning and building of the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.
Brenda and Julie Fareri will produce with Mastromauro, while John Fareri and Rod Lurie serve as executive producers.
ABOUT THE MARIA FARERI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL:
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is the advanced care pediatric hospital at Westchester Medical Center and is a vision shared by many people, including Brenda and John Fareri, who lost their 13-year-old daughter, Maria, to rabies in 1995. During the time that Maria was hospitalized at Westchester Medical Center, Brenda and John quickly realized that Westchester Medical Center, like many hospitals, was built at a time when families were not considered an important part of a patient's care. After Maria died, her parents, John and Brenda Fareri, learned that Maria had made a special wish as part of a school project: "for the health and well-being of all the children in the world." With her spirit guiding them, her parents, family and 20,000 other members of the community have made this wish a reality. Today, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital is a place where parents are not visitors but partners with the staff in the care of their children. The Maria Fareri Children's Hospital is the only hospital in the nation named after a child.
For more information about the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital visit HERE.
ABOUT IDENTITY FILMS:
Identity Films is an independent production company formed in 2006. Identity Films’ goal is to acquire and produce quality content of artistic and commercial merit. Identity recently wrapped the feature “As Cool As I Am” starring Claire Danes, James Marsden, Sarah Bolger and Thomas Mann.
For more information about Identity Films visit http://identityfilm.com
Photo By: Walter McBride/WM Photography