Serenity Prayer

This film is available for the run of the festival starting the day of Thanksgiving 2021. To watch or to vote for this film please click on the orange “TICKETS” button below and purchase a ticket for BLOCK 4.  You also have the option to buy the Movie Buff Pass to watch all the films of the festival until December 15, 2021.


A short experimental piece that will transport you through the memories of an absent father.

47ee747829 headshotDirector Biography – Amanda Morell

Amanda Morell (Director, Cinematographer, Editor) is an independent filmmaker, production manager, and editor based in Bronx, New York. Her short films include, Symmetry and Wound’s; Serenity Prayer.

The Bronx-native of Dominican and Puerto Rican heritage works in the spaces where nature meets emotion, rhythmically seeking to understand the cyclical wounding of remembering. Her work employs an aesthetic inspired by mysticism and magical realism to wade in the muddy waters of suppressed or forgotten human emotion and memory.

Her films have been supported by the Lift-off Global Network First Time Filmmakers Session and Elizabeth foundation for the Arts*. Her post-production work has been supported by Brooklyn Information and Culture (BRIC) and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Oregon Documentary film festival and The Martha’s Vineyard African American film festival.

Morell’s art practice includes painting, drawing, and performance. Her narration appeared in “Testourmonials of a GentrifiNation” a 2016 social justice performance about gentrification and displacement by Anthony Wash Rosado.

In addition to extensive work as an independent filmmaker and editor, Morell completed specialized post-production training through Made in New York. Her most recent work, “Serenity Prayer” ; a short experimental documentary that takes you on a journey through the memories of an absent father shot on 16mm and Super 8mm selected by the Mott Haven Film Festival 2021, The Official Latino Film and Arts Festival 2021 and Queer Voices of NYC Film Festival 2021.

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