Hey, I'm Marina!

New York, New York

Hello! I come from a culinary background but found television to be my first true love. I dabbled in production work in college, cooked a lot and founded a food blog, and then found many of my friends asking me to be craft services for their film sets. After throwing down some gourmet crafty, I thought, hmmm, I'm good at this! So I went to Boston University to get my masters degree in gastronomy to explore what I could really do with food. It was here that I learned the true depths of food: the history it holds, it's anthropological meaning, and all the ways it corresponds with gender. 

 

I spent many-a-year working in restaurants and cafes up and down the east coast. I pivoted away from this life because I knew the sexual harassment was the norm, and knew that was the life I was signing myself up for if I wanted a career in this industry. After the dawning of #MeToo I began to realize this wasn't okay. I realized I was not alone. And most importantly, I realized that we could do something about it. This industry has historically been a non-inclusive boys club. And I'm making SIMMER to change that and make sure our next generation of chefs is diverse as hell. 

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

The Weight of Perfection

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Other

Young Olympic gymnast Ellen finds herself entangled in Coach Amanda’s unresolved web of psychological damage and a dangerous game with fire

112%

This project got the green light!

Nobody's Home

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Fantasy

The child of a broken household escapes to the darkest corners of his imagination. A 1960s family drama gets surreal.

80%

This project got the green light!

Headshots

Toronto, Canada Series
Comedy, Satire

Headshots is a comedy series set in a photo studio. Each episode features a new character getting their picture taken for a bizarre reason.

100%

This project got the green light!

INVENTED Before You Were Born

San Anselmo, California Film Feature
Documentary, History

A white man's genealogy reveals a surprising twist - several communities founded by people his family once enslaved - he sets off to find ou

110%

This project got the green light!

Ellavut Cimirtuq [our world is changing]

Sebastopol, California Film Feature
Documentary, Nature

In the sinking villages of rapidly warming Alaska, people stand their ground.

89%

This project got the green light!

COOKING SHOW

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Satire

A cooking show where no one cooks.

130%

This project got the green light!

Fantasy Pony

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Documentary

A mockumentary that chronicles the activities of three horse girls as they prepare for Calypso Township’s annual model horse competition.

101%

This project got the green light!

Mapping Love

Washington, District of Columbia Film Short
Documentary, Family

Mary Alice weighs life-altering decisions about her health as she and her family explore the probable roots of their shared genetic mutation

112%

This project got the green light!

RESTORED: Stories of Encounter

St. Charles, Illinois Series
Documentary, Shorts Program

In a time where people are struggling to see beauty, goodness & truth in the world, hope & renewal is found in the lives of everyday heroes.

102%

This project got the green light!

Su Promesa

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

Fearing for her life, a young Guatemalan bride must adapt when her forcibly arranged marriage is fatally threatened.

88%

This project got the green light!

Miracle Baby

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Thriller

A congressman’s wife sets the stage on her cheating husband for a night of revenge, rage, revelations, and one unspeakable act.

122%

This project got the green light!

CLARKSTON: Mother of Exiles

Atlanta, Georgia Film Feature
Documentary

Three refugees & a former Klansman seek to reestablish their identities in a nation struggling with an identity crisis of its own.

252%

This project got the green light!

Killer Whales

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Satire, Thriller

When a desperate L.A. realtor finds the corpse of a former tenant at an open house, he must hide it from two ferociously competitive guests.

101%

This project got the green light!

Sisters

Orange, California Film Short
Romance, LGBTQ

When a young nun falls in love with another woman, she begins to question her faith.

100%

This project got the green light!

Milk Money

Catlett, Virginia Film Short
Crime, Drama

Gordon, a directionless man in his twenties, helps out on his parents' struggling dairy farm. When Lian, his younger adopted Chinese brothe

102%

This project got the green light!

A Single Evening

New York City, New York Film Short
Musical, LGBTQ

In this musical short film, Minnie struggles to balance the pressure of being in a relationship with the value of being alone.

100%

This project got the green light!

Black Lady Goddess

Newark, New Jersey Series
Drama, Fantasy

Set 50 years in the future where the world has found out that God is a black woman and reparations have been given to all aborginators...

125%

This project got the green light!

InQueeri

New York City, New York Series
Comedy

InQueeri is a meditation on queerness, friendship, identity politics, and just being a young person who’s confused about the world.

103%

This project got the green light!

Alien Guy Tim

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Documentary

An outcast, Alien Guy Tim, wants to prove that he has been abducted by aliens, but faces many obstacles along the way.

140%

This project got the green light!

"The Book of Ruth"

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Family

A visit to grandmother’s during the Seder brings to light a significant family secret.

100%

This project got the green light!

Vietnam - Fast forward

San Diego, California Film Feature
Documentary

A documentary focusing on entrepreneurship in Vietnam, which has been called the fastest growing economy in southeast Asia.

81%

This project got the green light!

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