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2015 High Falls Film Festival

Jack of the Red Hearts

Directed by Janet Grillo

USA / 2015 / Drama, Family / 100 mins / English

Jack of the Red Hearts

The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman Museum
Saturday, November 14, 2015 10:00 am


Jacquelyn, a streetwise teenage runaway is on the lam from her probation officer.  Needing to lay low, earn money, and gain adequate stability to rescue her 11-year-old sister Coke from foster care, Jack cons her way into a suburban home as live-in helper for their autistic 11-year-old daughter, Glory.

Much to her surprise, Jack has a unique ability to connect with the nonverbal little girl. As she positively impacts Glory, the family impacts Jack. Particularly Kay, Glory’s mother. As these two scrappy survivors find an affinity with each other, Kay finds in Jack a daughter she can talk to. When romantic sparks fly between Jack and Robert, Glory’s 17-year-old brother, we see a group of wounded people poignantly and surprisingly begin to heal each other-just a little bit. But the law catches up, the truth comes out, and Jack is forced to make a choice-to save her own hide, or save someone else.


This film is suggested for audiences 13+

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Tickets will be available online until 8am Sat Nov 14. We will have plenty of tickets available at the door.



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Director's Bio

Janet Grillo is an Emmy Award Winning Producer, critically acclaimed filmmaker, former Senior VP of Production, East Coast at New Line Cinema and Arts Professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Kanbar Institute of Film and Television.

In 2008, Janet won an Emmy as Executive Producer of the HBO documentary AUTISM: THE MUSICAL.  In 2011, FLY AWAY, a fiction feature she wrote, directed and produced, premiered as 1 of 8 in Dramatic Competition at SXSW Film Festival. It won Best Narrative Film and Best Performance at the ARIZONA Intl Film Festival, opening theatrically to excellent reviews in the NEW YORK TIMES, HUFFINGTON POST, NEW YORK OBSERVER and LA TIMES, which sited it as one of four independent films “most overlooked for an Oscar.”

Janet wrote/directed a short, FLYING LESSONS, starring Dana Delany (BODY OF PROOF, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, CHINA BEACH), which debuted at Palm Springs Intl. Short Film Festival, won Best Dramatic Short at First Glance Hollywood, and Silver Lei at the Honolulu Film Festival.
At NEW LINE, Janet oversaw the HOUSE PARTY series, and cultivated scores of filmmakers including Reginald Hudlin, Alan Taylor and Ted Demme, and Executive Produced David O. Russell’s first feature, SPANKING THE MONKEY, launching his illustrious career.

Janet was a Board member of CURE AUTISM NOW, which merged with AUTISM SPEAKS, and is the mother of a son on the Autism Spectrum.



Director: Janet Grillo
Writer: Jennifer Deaton
Cinematographer: Hillary Spera
Producer: Lucy Mukerjee-Brown

Dates & Times

Jack of the Red Hearts

The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman Museum
Saturday, November 14, 2015 10:00 am