Marble Man

Los Angeles, California | Film Short

Drama, Teen

Pearl Dickson

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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A tragedy about a mentally unstable teenager with a delusion that sacrifice is the only thing that can save her beloved from stone. Inspired by Greek mythologies, this short is one about love, interpretation, sacrifice, hypocrisy, and the damaging effects that all four can have on a teenage girl.

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Mission Statement

When you're a teenage girl, no matter the age, it's easy to feel overlooked. Whether that be by people belittling you and your idea, to just plain not taking you seriously. By being the writer, director, and actor in this film I hope to prove to people that no matter your age anything is possible.

The Story

Marble Man is the story of a teenager, living with her brother and sister, who falls in love with a statue. Her love and delusion grow as she believes she can turn this statue back into a human being. After figuring out that she isn't the Pygmalion of her story (able to turn a statue into a person by simply wishing), she takes a darker turn into the readings of myths of young Greek and Roman women like herself.


Even with her loving sister Ariane, online friend Hila, and dopey brother Jerry, Ivy sees no future if its’ not helping this statue that she’s become devoted to. When her siblings and friend threaten to admit her back to a mental hospital, Ivy’s plans get rushed… and well, it’s a tragedy for a reason. 


Influenced by Greek and Roman mythologies, this film can also be viewed as a warped version of Romeo and Juliet if Romeo was a statue that wasn't aware of Juliet's existence.


(Keira Knightley, by Yelena Yemchuk)



It would be better if a thousand women die so that one man could see the sun. -Euripides, Iphigenia


The themes present in Marble Man are ones of love, sacrifice, and how they intersect. It also poses the question of if the two ideologies should even cross paths.


People are told when growing up, whether it be in media or from parents, that to truly love someone there comes sacrifice. This is incredibly prevalent to women, as there is a certain pressure to prioritize her partner’s wellbeing over her own.  There’s an understanding, that some young women will do almost anything to change a person, in spite of their own wellbeing, if they think it's for that person’s betterment.


These girls are packed full of empathy for other people’s situations; this is heightened if it’s a romantic prospect of theirs. 


(by Pavel Nekoranec)


Marble Man takes this idea to an extreme and exemplifies the sacrificial land of love and whether the sacrifices one makes are actually helpful in the long haul, or if it just ends up being a detriment to one’s self.


The Myths

The myths that helped shape this piece are the ones of Iphigenia and Alcestis. Both subjects of Euripides plays. One a teenager thought to be betrothed to a hero, the other a mother of two and a wife to Admetus. One chose to sacrifice herself to save her husband, one was sacrificed by her father in order for a war to continue. Both died in the process, and only one was brought back to life after their sacrifice. 



(Alcestis, by Friedrich Heinrich)              (Iphigenia, by Anselm Feuerbach)


This film was also inspired by the most prolific human loving statue story potentially ever written: Pygmalion. Written by the main man Ovid in his narrative poem Metamorphoses. But I mean all that dude Pygmalion had to do was sculpt, pray and not be into real-life women and as my above paragraph explained not everyone had it that easy in love.


(Pygmalion, by Jean-Baptiste Regnault)


Filmmaker: Why This? Why Now?

I, Pearl Amanda Dickson, am myself a seventeen-year-old girl tragically prone to fall in love with statues - wait, no, not to the same level Ivy is but you know statues do have some very attractive qualities to them...



Being an actor for most of my teenage life has helped me understand the dynamics of being on set and how to combat difficult situations. My affinity for photography has also helped me develop my eye.





Not only is this my official directorial debut, but I'm making sure to start small with this seven-page short. I've made sure that this is a manageable film to make while still maintaining an emotionally impactful and interesting visual experience for the audience.


I understand that making a film is a difficult and time-consuming job, which is why I think this short is the perfect start to a long and prosperous career. And I hope that you decide to join me on this new crazy chapter of my life and career!


Now, I leave you with this statue chicken for you to feast your eyeballs on.




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Marble Man Statue

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About This Team

Jayna Sweet played sweet-turned-obsessive fan-favorite Natalie in 40 episodes of the Facebook Watch original series TURNT. She's also won awards for performances in short film DAUGHTER and pilot NO PLACE TO FALL. Part of the award-winning Hollywood Fringe Fest production THE BULLY PROBLEM, Jayna is always excited to be a part of important and interesting stories.

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