Martha Elcan’s “LADIES MOST DEJECT” Wins Best Short at The 15th Annual LA Femme International Film Festival Awards Presented Sunday Evening in Downtown L.A.
Charlie, played by co-writer Conner Wharton (see in our featured photo), is a 17-year-old girl from deep in the Appalachian mountains, who must save her sisters and little brother from her addict mother and drug dealer uncle. Nowhere to go, the kids are met by a trusted teacher who finds them a safe place, if only for one night.
Written when Wharton was 19, this is her first collaboration with Elcan and fellow co-writer & producer Mark Salyer.
Director Martha Elcan, originally from Lynchburg, Virginia, is a DGA director with over 25 years of production experience. Her feature film debut NEXT OF KIN starred Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer, Ed Begley Jr., Bess Armstrong, Jeremy London and George Newbern. She recently directed the short film “AsIf…” that takes a comedic look at gender and racial parity.