Italome is a Nigeria-born, London-raised, Texas-bred, California girl with stints in Harlem and Little Havana. A former General Hospital court reporter, stand-up storyteller and mental health advocate, she’s now a writer-filmmaker—and not surprisingly, her scripts involve mental health, criminal investigations, and lots of lame jokes. Fresh off an M.F.A. in film from the University of Miami, she wrote and starred in her short film “The Mermaid,” which won her school’s Grand Jury Prize and was acquired by the Mental Health Channel. She’s also a Sundance Institute/Knight Foundation Screenwriting Fellow and a Groundlings Diversity Scholarship winner. www.italome.com

The Mermaid
A troubled, young Nigerian-American woman clashes with her African relatives at a family wedding. But her life changes forever with a shocking discovery about her late mother, her mental illness, and an ancient Nigerian mermaid goddess.

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