Professor Joanna Folino was a full time Theatre, Film and English professor at LMC for 25 years. Prior to that she taught elementary school in Long Beach, CA for 5 years. She was the Department Chair for Drama from 1994 through 2008, bringing a once dormant program back to life with a lot of help from colleagues and friends. Currently, she is a professor emeritus and still teaches online courses at Los Medanos College.
Joanna is a produced playwright, screenwriter, librettist and lyricist. Her 2008 short film, The Silence of Bees, (based on the prologue to her stage play of the same title) won the prestigious Accolade Film Award in 2008, an Aloha Accolade from the Honolulu International Film Festival in 2009 and was screened at the Southeast New England Film Festival, The Kodak Screening Room in Los Angeles by Women in Film in April 2009, and in 2010 at the Urban Suburban Film Festival in Philadelphia, The Naperville Independent Film Festival in Illinois where it was an Official Selection and The New York Independent International Film Festival and will screen on PBS this fall as part of their Short Film Series.
Her original romantic comedy screenplay Lila Loves Louie was a finalist in Suzanne DeLaurentis' Cinema City International Film Festival in Century City, CA and a WINNER at The 2009 Moondance International Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado. She was also an Associate Producer for the award-winning documentary, Leave Them Laughing, directed by Academy Award winner John Zaritsky which documents the life of Carla Zilbersmith as she bravely battles and eventually succumbs to ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).
Joanna is the Executive Producer for the full length documentary Within Reach, which travels with two adventurous young people across the United States as they search for a home in a sustainable community.It screened in 2013 at The Orlando Film Festival where it won the Eco Warrior Award for best documentary
Joanna is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Los Angeles branch of Women In Film and The Dramatists Guild. She has produced over 15 plays in the San Francisco Bay area including The Laramie Project, Speed-the-Plow and The Vagina Monologues as well as many festivals of new plays. She also co-produced with director Paul Barry the US premiere of the Australian tour de force 52 Pick Up at The Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Her professional name on IMDB is: Joanna Perry-Folino
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Unique traits: Funny, intellectual, unconventional, outspoken
Film (Documentary) Producer Within Reach explores one couple's pedal-powered search for a place to call home. Mandy and Ryan gave up their jobs, cars, and traditional houses to 'bike-pack' 6500 miles around the USA seeking sustainable community. Rather than looking in a traditional neighborhood, they begin to recognize that community is the secret ingredient to living sustainably on this planet. Along the way, they explored 100 ecovillages, cohousing communities, co-op houses, communes, transition towns, and their own principles and commitment. In the end they return to the timeless truth that community is people; they are everywhere; and there is room for everyone. After circling the country and interviewing hundreds of Americans, they have found that by reaching within, sustainable community is within reach. In fact, it's already here. Written by Anonymous
Just Out of Reach
Film (Short, Drama, Family and Romance) Producer The constancy of love and devotion is a rare commodity yet one man passes through his life with the ever present connection to one woman. Through war, marriage, illness and finally death we see that the one we love is sometimes just out of reach but the love we feel for them is always within our grasp. Written by Anonymous
Leave Them Laughing
Film (Documentary, Comedy, Drama and Music) Producer Life and quips about death from the wheelchair of a woman who vows to exit laughing. Once a nationally-known performer of ballads, skits and self-parody, now fated by Lou Gehrig's Disease to perish within a year, the remarkable Carla Zilbersmith will leave a teen-aged son, fans and students who adore her. A pre-mortem retrospective of a life lived fully, but far too fast. Written by Anonymous
The Silence of Bees
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