Director BIO: Tim True (MISS MARY MACK)

In 2018, Tim directed his first feature film, Here Awhile starring Anna Camp, Steven Strait, and Joe Lo Truglio. The film earned him Best New Director at the Portland Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at the Omaha Film Festival.

Tim comes from a lifelong background in the theatre, performing in seasons with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Portland Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Intiman Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and many others. In 2005, Tim co-founded the regional theatre, Third Rail Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The inaugural production (Recent Tragic Events, by Craig Wright) garnered the company major recognition by Portland’s Theatre awards, The Drammies, including one for outstanding production. The company took off from there and in a very short time, began producing 5 shows per season with an annual budget just shy of a million dollars. As director, actor and producer, Tim and the company quickly established the reputation for bringing compelling and challenging work with fantastic acting and tight direction.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2013, Tim has guest starred on many television shows including, Scandal, Big Little Lies, American Vandal, Modern Family, Workaholics, Agent Carter, Grimm, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Criminal Minds.


Director Statement

Miss Mary Mack is a short film inspired by the relationship between two talented sisters, Sydney and Lexie Lovering, and the isolation imposed on them by the pandemic.

I’ve known the Lovering family for several years. I met Sydney at an acting workshop in Seattle I was teaching several years ago and remembered her when casting my feature film, Here Awhile. Syd was perfect for the role of a teenage Anna Camp. The Loverings and I stayed in touch and got to know each other during that film’s festival run.

When the pandemic hit last spring and tv/film productions shut down, the Loverings and I talked about creating a film project with Syd and her sister, Lexie in mind. At the time, Lexie was 10 and Syd turned 13 during our 4 day shoot. Like the rest of the world, they were stuck at home, dealing with sibling rivalry, entering the teen years, and all the drama this encompasses.

I started writing, and we soon realized we had the seeds for an interesting loss of innocence story, that could live in a horror/ghost story, which really excited us. Their family happened to be living in a beautiful older home in Seattle, which they were in the middle of putting on the market, and so the project had an ideal location, cast and story. We all loved working with Here Awhile’s Producer, Deborah Lee Smith so we shared the story and she enthusiastically came on board!

We moved forward with the idea of a short film, that could explore these themes, with an eye towards expanding Miss Mary Mack into a feature length film.

The film turned out really well, and we hope it is enjoyed by audiences, as much as we enjoyed making it.


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