Who We Are
“At the top of the hierarchy of a herd of horses, there is an alpha mare. She is the leader. (Stallions come and go, but the mare is in charge of the herd forever.) All the other horses look up to her, in order to know what to do and how to feel. As long as she remains calm, the rest of the herd feels calm.”
Alpha Mare Films was founded and is led by women who have a goal to create films that shine a light on everyday heroes. Not all super heroes have capes. Some are just lost souls who decide “this is the day I’m going to become sober.” Or “this is the day I’m not going to be lonely, I’m going to call someone.” Or ”this is the day I’m going to take a chance on love again.” Shining a light on the nobility of these quests is what AMF is all about.
Over the 5 years since we began this journey we have been privileged to have collaborated with some of the finest directors, actors, cinematographers, editors, sound designers and production artists in independent film today. All have become part of our herd and all have been essential to the works we have created so far.
We have big dreams and big plans. (Watch this website to stay on top of how those evolve!) But at the soul of AMF is the desire to put stories - beautiful, funny and heartbreaking stories - out into the world for people to watch in the dark.
Founder, Alpha Mare Films
Susannah Nolan is a NYC-based playwright and screenwriter. Her first film How Do You Type a Broken Heart screened in over 25 festivals across the country and in Europe, including the Oxford Short Film Festival, NY International Short Film Festival (Winner, NYIFF NOSTOS Award for Best Screenplay), SoHo International Film Festival, Garden State Film Festival, Austin Revolution Film Festival. While in pandemic lockdown she wrote 2 more short films: Jumper (selection in Quarantini Film Festival and finalist Independent Shorts Awards), Hotline (Long Island International Film Festival, Austin Revolution Film Festival, Garden State Film Festival, etc) and The Board, a three-part web mini-series. The script for Hotline was selected as part of the 2020 ABC Discovers: New York Talent Showcase. Her one-act play Don’t Pick Up (Best Play - American Globe Short Play Festival), published by Smith & Kraus, has been performed around the country and was adapted into a film directed by Jeremiah Kipp starring Keith David and Kathryn Erbe. All 3 of her films Hotline, Jumper and How Do You Type a Broken Heart were featured in the 2022 NY Women in Film & Television’s Online Film Festival. Her most recent film, Square Breathing, is currently in post-production.
Plays include Fed Up To Here, The Man With David’s Face, No Time To Change Clothes and Jane Takes It In. She is the artistic director of Present Tense Productions, a member of the Dramatists Guild, delightfully married to playwright/ actor Timothy Nolan and mother to Olivia Rose Nolan.
Jennifer Plotzke is an award winning actress and producer, founder of Poor Monster Productions and the Director of Mentoring for the Catalyst Story Institute. She is currently appearing on television in The Blacklist, Blue Bloods and FBI: Most Wanted. She starred in Lost + Found, which aired recently on PBS, she can be seen in the film Fizzle with Peter Friedman and Geoffrey Owens and she will appear in the upcoming film Inappropriate Behavior starring Bobby Cannavale and Robert DeNiro. She produced and co-directed the film Puppet Seizure which recently won Best Picture at the Portland Comedy Film Festival and she produced the award winning films, How Am I Doing, which screened recently at the Hollyshorts Film Festival and Window Shopping, which is currently streaming on Revry.