Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Film Short

Comedy, Drama

Lindsay Allen

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MALARKEY is a coming of age narrative about a soon to be high school graduate, Mallory. Mallory is torn between following her dreams and leaving everything behind, specifically her sister, Mauve, who is an individual with Down syndrome.

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Mission Statement

Our co-lead actress, Alana, is an individual living with Down syndrome, a majority of our above the line crew is a team of all female filmmakers, and the film itself is about strong female characters.

The Story

Malarkey is considered a non-profit organization and all donations are tax exempt under 501(c)(3) through their fiscal sponsorship with Culture Works. After our campaign is completed and your donation is confirmed, you will receive the relevant tax information. 


Culture Works is a management commons for arts, heritage, and creative communities - a platform of space, human capital, and services to help artists not only survive but to flourish in the Philadelphia Region.


Malarkey is a short coming of age narrative about a soon to be high school graduate, Mallory. The story is driven by the drama in Mallory’s life and the dry humor that accompanies it. Once accepted to an out of state college that her estranged father works at, Mallory is torn between following her dreams and leaving everything behind, specifically her sister with Down syndrome, Mauve. Her mother’s restraints further push Mallory out the door and towards a life changing decision. Will she be able to truly leave and face the man who abandoned their family all those years ago?


All my life I grew up watching my older brother, Richard, face discrimination and exclusion because of his disability. In conjunction with my awareness of the discrimination people with disabilities face, I found my own love and appreciation for film. While navigating this passion for film and finally pursuing it in college, I realized the lack of inclusion for people with disabilities in the film industry. Teaming up with crew like Malarkey’s could not have been more perfect for this film as we all have the same drive to give underrepresented groups a voice through film. We have decided to combine our own advocacy, my personal experiences, and combined skills to help make the film industry more inclusive for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.




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About This Team

We are a team of hardworking filmmakers from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Our goal in telling the story of Malarkey is to tell inclusive, important stories of those who often don't have accurate representation in the media that is reflective of the real world.

Lindsay Allen (Writer/Director): Lindsay Allen is an aspiring director and filmmaker from Temple University. She has worked many sets to gain experience in all aspects of production, but really enjoys producing and directing. As a female filmmaker, she has made it her mission to open doors and create opportunities for other marginalized communities in the film industry. She is specifically interested in creating opportunities on screen for individuals living with disabilities in relatable and positive portrayals. 


Jillian Hartman (Executive Producer): Jillian is an emerging filmmaker, writer, producer, director, and editor from Philadelphia. She has been on a number of professional set including: AV events, live streaming, and studio sets. Jillian’s work has been screened at Temple’s Women’s Film Festival and she is very passionate about creating representation of Females within the industry. Jillian is drawn to telling the stories of real people, specifically from underrepresented groups.

Mariel Tucker (Editor): Mariel Tucker is an emerging producer, director, and editor from Philadelphia. She has worked on numerous projects including: internationally circulating Besieged and is a part of many clubs at Temple.  She is on the Women’s Rowing Team, a member of the e-board for Mise En Femme, a campus organizer for Its On Us and a volunteer teacher for TechGirlz. Mariel interned this summer in Beverly Hills as a creative intern for Hyper House working on projects for LiveNation, Rocnation, and Tidal.  She is very passionate about supporting creative youth, social justice, music, and athletics.

Ryan Kuna (Director of Photograghy): Ryan is a Philadelphia based cinematographer and lighting technician. He is set to graduate from Temple University in May of 2019 with a BA in Film & Media Arts with a concentration in cinematography. Recent works include the short films Abort Mission and The Winter Wind. Additionally, Ryan is in the final stages of principal photography for his senior thesis film, Luminary.

Jonathan Shavelson (Producer): Jonathan Shavelson is an emerging producer with over a decade of work in the post-production world. It is his belief in the collaborative process, fostered by mutual respect and creative effort, that has allowed his diverse crews to create beautiful, unique, and thought-provoking content. As a filmmaker specializing in visually driven narrative works, his award winning films have had the privilege to reach audiences worldwide.

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