Lena’s Dreams


A film that keeps the romance of show business alive! – The New York Times

A terrific, quintessientially New York movie…intimate, passionate, bristling with intelligence and vitality. – The Los Angeles Times


Completed: 1997
Commercial Release: 1998/9
Running Time: 87 Minutes
Color 16 MM
Distributed by The Cinema Guild
Video/DVD from Delta Video
Cable Premiere on The Metro Channel
Winner of 5 American Film Festivals


Download a Presskit (MS Word Doc, 1.5M)
Contents: Synopsis, Production Notes, Interview with the Directors, Cast and Crew Bios, Extensive Photos


Lena’s Dreams follows a Broadway actress, Lena, as she tries to keep her cool while frantically juggling her career, her relationship and her life. Starring Marlene Forte – in a career making part – it’s “funny and furious, all at once.” (The Village Voice) Shot in 16mm in the streets of New York City, it features a powerful group of up and coming actors that won critical acclaim – and prizes – as the film toured the festival circuit and opened commercially in New York City.


“Anyone who has ever struggled to be an actor in NYC will identify with Lena’s Dreams. Marlene Forte is a PASSIONATE centerpiece…in a film that keeps the romance of show business alive.” — Lawrence Van Gelder, NY Times

“A RIVETING performance supported by a superb ensemble!” — Emanuel Levy, Variety

“A TERRIFIC movie–intimate, passionate, bristling with intelligence and vitality.” — Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times

“As Lena, Marlene Forte is AMAZING — you cannot stop watching her.” — Ernest Hardy, The LA Weekly

“The BEST film about the life of a New York actor since ‘Opening Night’.”– Amy Taubin, The Village Voice

“SMART, sophisticated, and defiantly personal…Lena’s Dreams is absolutely engrossing and vital.” – Felicia Feaster, Creative Loafing (Atlanta)

Significant Playdates

The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
The Chicago Latino Film Festival
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, WINNER! The Audience Award
Cinema Arts Centre International Film FestivalWINNER! The Cassavetes’ Artist Award
Independents’ Night Screening, Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theater
Long Island Film Festival at Stonybrook Staller Arts Center
Wine Country Film Festival
San Antonio CineFestival
Urban World Film FestivalWINNER! The Vision Award
The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival
Olympia Film Festival, Olympia, Washington
Atlanta Latino Film Festival, High Museum, Atlanta
Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge MA
Boston University School of Communications
Sarasota African Film Festival, Fl
Laguna Beach, CA Film Fest WINNER! Best Feature
Anthology Film Archive, New York, NY
Havana Int’l Film Festival
Anthology Film Archives NYC (Commercial premiere)
Women in Film festival.
Harvard Flm Archive
Miami Latino Int’l Film festival WINNER! Kodak Cinema of the Americas Award

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