Directed by Laura E. Davis and Jessica Kaye
Provocative and powerful, Inheritance chronicles one woman’s efforts to reconcile her past with her present. As she returns to her childhood home in Belize, Mara is faced with the death of her estranged father, the ire and instability of her brother, and her increasingly frayed relationship with her new lover. It all comes to the surface during her father’s tense, all-night-long wake. In their first feature outing, co-writers and directors Laura E. Davis and Jessica Kaye offer a raw and unflinching story about illicit love, the universal need for intimacy, and the indirect path towards healing. Powerful performances by Kaye in the lead role of Mara, along with Daniel Ahearn and Mark Webber, bring to life characters that are complex and real, sexy and flawed.
Inheritance premiered at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.
Please note, this film contains a graphic scene and adult themes intended for mature audiences only.
A native of Louisiana, Laura E. Davis is a writer/director and a former Michener Fellow in screenwriting at UT-Austin. She has worked as a story consultant for a pilot in development at HBO and has written episodes for two series in development co-created by Scott Shepherd (Haven, The Dead Zone) and Cindy McCreery. Her first feature was the award-winning film, Thin Air, which played at festivals domestically and internationally. Other films include Coup De Grace, a short film starring Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), and a documentary on HIV/AIDS activism in Paris, which premiered at San Francisco’s Frameline Film Festival. Laura has served as a Directors’ Liaison at the New York Film Festival, a Festival Coordinator at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, and an advisory board member of the Lower East Side Girls Club Film Festival in New York. She teaches screenwriting and film directing immersions at Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala and previously led the Austin chapter of Film Fatales.
Jessica Kaye is a Los Angeles based writer/director and actor. As an actress she has appeared on stage, tv and film. Favorite roles include Nina, The Seagull; Miss Julie, Miss Julie; Portia, Merchant of Venice, Charlotte Corday, Marat/Sade; and Maud/Victoria, Cloud Nine. She has directed several short films including Shortage, executive produced by James Franco, the award winning documentary, Fabian Debora, A Life for Art, and ‘Til Death, a short film for Google Glass. Jessica is a recent graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she was awarded the Samuel and Lorenza Gary Memorial Award and the Harold C Lloyd Scholarship.