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Speaker Series

A Screening and Discussion of Waiting for Mamu


THOMAS MORGAN

Producer/Director, Waiting for Mamu

SUSAN SARANDON

Executive Producer, Waiting for Mamu
Actor, Producer, and Activist

November 11, 2013


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THOMAS MORGAN
Producer/Director, Waiting for Mamu
SUSAN SARANDON
Executive Producer, Waiting for Mamu
Actor, Producer, Activist




















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Waiting for Mamu is a powerful documentary short that profiles an inspired social entrepreneur in Nepal, Pushpa Basnet, and demonstrates the incredible power of social change through film. In some places, if a parent is sentenced to prison and they lack another guardian, their child is imprisoned with them. Many children go to prison at a young age and are released to the world at age 18, with no life skills or support system, knowing nothing of the world but what they experienced in a jail cell.

Pushpa has dedicated her life to righting this wrong. Known as Mamu by the children, Pushpa founded the Early Childhood Development Center and Butterfly Home to give kids trapped by this policy the chance to have an education and be kids during the day. This film captures the hope of a child to be free from prison, even if just for the day, to find a childhood, and to find Mamu.

Learn more about the film.

THOMAS MORGAN’s entry into screenwriting began in 2005 with a feature length screenplay, Among Brothers. The script was produced and had a successful run at domestic film festivals and is now distributed commercially on DVD. He produced and directed What Are Friends For (2005), which won The Light Factory short film contest. He has finished his second script, Death Insurance, which was optioned in 2010.

However, after completing scripted films, Thomas was moved to create documentaries that expose social injustice as it affects children and the homeless. Waiting for Mamu is about children in Nepal who go to prison with their incarcerated parent if, as is the case in far too many situations, there is no one else to care for them. The focus of this film is on Pushpa Basnet, who at age 21 created an orphanage to care for them. Pushpa has raised over 120 children who have gone back to their families and currently is raising 50 children in her home. Pushpa was one of 45,000 CNN Hero nominees when Morgan began filming and went on to win the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year for her work. Susan Sarandon and Morgan Spurlock are among the Executive Producers on the film.

Thomas is just completing These Storied Streets, a timely documentary about the growing issue of America’s homeless. To create the documentary, a crew traveled from Los Angeles to New York City interviewing the homeless and the organizations working to end the epidemic. These Storied Streets is nearly complete and distribution discussions have begun. It will premiere at the Sedona International Film Festival in February of 2014. As a result of the topic and the film, Thomas has spoken about the issue of homelessness to groups and organizations throughout the U.S. including the U.S. Congress in September 2012.

Morgan earned a Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University with a major in marketing and a minor in finance. Before taking the plunge into film full time, Thomas was an investment banker concentrating on investments in the renewable energy sector. Thomas, his wife Jenny and his four children live in Charlotte, NC.


SUSAN SARANDON is an Academy Award®-winning actor who has made a career of choosing diverse and challenging projects in both film and television. She is extremely versatile and brings her own brand of sex appeal and intelligence to every role – from her fearless portrayal in Bull Durham to her Oscar®-nominated performances in Thelma and Louise, Lorenzo’s Oil, The Client, and Atlantic City to her Academy Award®-winning and SAG Award®-winning role in Dead Man Walking. Other film credits include the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Pretty Baby, Stepmom, The Lovely Bones, Enchanted, Little Women, Safe Passage, White Palace, The Witches of Eastwick, and many, many others.

She has also been a featured television actor. In 2008, she received an Emmy® Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries for her role in the HBO film Bernard and Doris, as well as a Golden Globe® and SAG® nomination. She received an Emmy and SAG nomination for her work in Barry Levinson’s You Don't Know Jack with Al Pacino for HBO.

Upcoming projects include The Last of Robin Hood with Kevin Kline and Dakota Fanning, The Calling with Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace and Donald Sutherland, Tammy with Melissa McCarthy, and developing an NBC Comedy “Growing Ivy” with her daughter, Eva Amurri Martino.

Ms. Sarandon is an activist for many progressive and political causes. In 2006, she received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award. She was honored for her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, an advocate for victims of hunger and HIV/AIDS, and a spokesperson for Heifer International. She is also involved with the Somaly Mam Foundation and Hope North.


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