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Director: Gaylen Ross with Rebecca Nelson
Producers: Gaylen Ross, Rebecca Nelson, Steve Skrovan, Andrew Ford, Lewis Black

Caris' Peace tells the story of New York theater and film actress Caris Corfman, a brilliant graduate of the Yale School of Drama on the brink of stardom, acting opposite Ian Holm in the dramatic film Dreamland or in the original Broadway cast of Amadeus with Ian McKellen and Tim Curry.


As the result of a brain tumor, Caris was left without short-term memory. Robbed of her ability to learn, recall and recite lines, or even to know what play she’s in, Caris was swiftly forced to recognize that her career was over.

Filmed over 10 years, Caris' Peace documents hertriumphant and deeply moving return, against all odds, to the New York stage with a one-woman show. Told with remarkable humor and wit, with friends and colleagues actors Tony Shalhoub, Kate Burton and political comedian Lewis Black, it is an extraordinary journey of courage and never giving up hope.

Among those voices included in the film are Kate Burton (actress), Tony Shalhoub, (actor/Monk), Lewis Black, (playwright and political comedian /The Daily Show), Eric Overmyer (playwright, television producer and writer: Law and Order/Homicide), Yusef Bulos (actor), Nancy Giles (actress, comedian, commentator CBS Sunday Morning), David Carr (New York Times writer and columnist), Dr. Barry Gordon (Professor of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University), and Brad Watkins, theater director.

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Official Selection of:

  • Hamptons International Film Festival

  • Cleveland International Film Festival

  • Heartland Film Festival

  • Santa Fe Film Festival

  • Williamstown Film Festival

  • Buffalo International Film Festival

  • Rainier Independent Film Festival

  • L-Dub Film Festival

  • Carmel Art & Film Festival


  • Featured film of the Brainwave Film Series, Rubin Museum of Art

  • Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Athens International Film Festival

  • Winner, Best Documentary Feature, L-Dub Film Festival

  • Honorable Mention, Calgary “Picture This” Film Festival

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