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a bit about me

​My first name Marica, 真理果 in Japanese, means true fruit.

 

Close friends call me Petrey. I'm a musician, film producer and director, performance artist, and polyglot. Currently, I spend most of of my time as the lead singer, songwriter, and producer of Girl Swallows Nightingale. I also have a new movie coming out soon called Kaneko's Owl.  Occasionally, I take on additional work as an actor, film editor, and video journalist when the project is right.

 

I come from the world of weirdo underground theater, full of shadows, the avant-garde and grime. My passions include traveling to the kinds of places most people avoid, learning languages, trading crypto, escaping into mythologies, sci-fi, fantasy, history, and spending time with my friends and family. 

 

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AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS

2017 - 2018

2015

2014

2011

2010

"Best Fantasy Film," for Zoey and the Wind-Up Boy at Roswell Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film Festival & Galacticon, 2017 (role: writer/director)

Finalist for Best International Short Film for Zoey and the Wind-Up Boy at the Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival, 2017. (role: writer/director)

Award Winner, Zoey and the Wind-Up Boy at the Carcosa Film Festival, 2018 (role: writer/director)

Award Winner, Zoey and the Wind-Up Boy at the Juggernaut Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival, 2018 (role: writer/director)

Radix Troupe voted "Best New Experimental Musical Theater Group" East Bay Express, 2015 (role: artistic director)

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Fellowship Award, May 2014

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), UC BERKELEY

Institute of International Studies Merit Scholar, Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley

WORK

Current

Current

Current

2020

2015 - 2020

2012 - 2018

2011 - 2018

Lead singer, songwriter, and producer for Girl Swallows Nightingale

Editor - The Black (W)hole. Documentary Feature Film

Producer, Writer, Actor & more - Kaneko's Owl. Narrative Feature Film

Video Journalist - Business Insider

Video Journalist, Writer, Producer - California Magazine

Founder, Director, Producer at Radix Troupe

Cellist, Back-Up Vocalist for MAD NOISE

More at linkedin

EDUCATION & TRAINING

2016

2012

2009-2010

Mentorship Program for Female Filmmakers with Amma Asante

One-on-one  mentorship by BAFTA-winning writer/director Amma Asante (The Handmaid’s Tale, Mrs. America, Belle). Had the wonderful opportunity of shadowing Asante on the set of her film, Where Hands Touch, in Belgium. More here

Russian State Institute of Performing Arts / Российский государственный институт сценических искусств 

 

Certificate in Acting, under Master Arvid Mikhailovich Zeland, Anatoli Anatolevich Chernikh, Irina Kovalenko, and Tamara Ignatevna.

 

Specializations: Acting, Voice, Stage Movement, Stage Combat, Dance, and Russian Language

Birzeit University, West Bank Palestinian Territories / جامعة بيرزيت

Palestine and Arabic Studies Program; Advanced Arabic Language, Political Science, Cultural Studies, Palestinian Folk Dance

2007 - 2012

BA from University of California, Berkeley in Comparative Literature (Arabic & Russian), Russian Cultures, Theater & Performance Studies

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