The age-old saying “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” has been attributed to several people over the years, including the anarchist writer Elbert Hubbard, self-improvement writer Dale Carnegie and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald.
No matter who thought of it first, we all use to encourage optimism and a can-do attitude in the face of adversity. This is exactly the message that Actress MARY ELIZABETH BOYLAN explores in her new indie short, “GETTING LEMONS.” Not only is Boylan starring in the film, she also wrote the script which was inspired by her own life and produced the dramedy project. She has been receiving high-praise on the festival circuit, with recent screenings at the world famous Chinese Theatre as part of the HollyShorts Film Festival, the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles, and is set to show again at the Action-On-Film International Film Festival on August 21st.
We recently caught up with Mary Elizabeth Boylan to find out more about “Getting Lemons” and the course she went through to get it made.
Tell us about your new project “Getting Lemons.”
MARY: Getting Lemons centers around Lizzy Boyd, who reluctantly wakes up to find her alarm clock has actually turned into fruit. A lemon, to be exact. A theme that begins to literally and figuratively hit her over the head. We follow Lizzy on a surreal journey to a place she's never wanted to go, but is now forced to embrace. What do you do when life gives you lemons? You make lemonade, of course.
What was the inspiration behind it the story and what do you hope audiences take away from it?
MARY: It was inspired by a year in my own life where I lost my Mom and several other family members, along with a host of other personal drama. I find this to be a relatively common human experience: We all have that time or times in our lives where everything goes wrong all at once. I wanted to do something to inspire others to heal from those times. I feel it’s within all of us to grow stronger from our life experiences.
Not only do you star in the film, but you also wrote and produced it. What was that like?
MARY: It was incredible! I loved it! Definitely higher on the stress meter, but I can't wait to produce again. It was truly a wonderful challenge.
What do you think was your biggest challenge in getting your project completed?
MARY: Time and money, but those are the challenges every filmmaker has.
Now that the film has hit the festival circuit, what’s been the biggest surprise so far?
MARY: The amount of love and support I've gotten from not only my friends, family and colleagues, but complete strangers who come up to me and say how much they love the film. I'm so happy it's been well received, and so grateful!
How can your new fans keep up with you and “Getting Lemons”?
The film is on Facebook and Twitter (gettinglemonsmovie), as well as www.gettinglemons.com
I have a fan page on Facebook and I'm on Twitter and Instagram (maryeboylan)
Thanks, Mary…we’ll be watching so you on keep creating!