Alzheimers forces a wife to face a harsh reality...
THE MORAL COMPASS is the story of Jacquelyn, a loving wife, mother and grandmother who is faced with the agony of watching her husband suffer with Alzheimer's disease. He has lost his dignity and, as a couple, they have nowhere to turn. Jacquelyn, a deeply spiritual person, eventually must face the hardest decision of her life.
Moral Compass Film Awards
"Every once in a while a little gem comes across the festival submissions. 'Moral Compass' was one of those films. Acting and direction are first rate, which helped make this powerful short film an award winner.” said William Sokolic, President of the Atlantic City Cinefest, which presented its 9th annual festival on Oct.14 to16, 2016.
was nominated for BEST SHORT FILM at the 2017 Winter Film Awards
"MORAL COMPASS is a beautiful and heart-wrenching film, with a solid story, phenomenal acting and first-rate directing. This is a rare short film that really sticks with you -- months after viewing, our judges still get a bit weepy when discussing the film. It was an honor for us to have the opportunity to screen this film to our audience and we very much look forward to seeing more from this team!" - Executive Director of the Winter Film Awards, Steffanie L Finn.
2014 Yosemite International Film Festival
2nd Place Award Winner
Short Script Competition
Our latest endeavor, MORAL COMPASS (formerly titled WIFEALITY), is a short film that was produced in mid August 2015. Written by our very own Kylie Garcelon, it is the story of Jacquelyn, a loving wife, who faces the agony of watching her husband suffer through Alzheimer’s Disease. He has lost his dignity and life as he used to know it, no longer exists. Jacquelyn, believing that she has no other options, must decide whether or not to honor her husband’s wishes and do the unthinkable.
Heartbreaking and dramatic, MORAL COMPASS broaches rarely touched upon issues. We believe that increased social discourse must occur surrounding Alzheimer’s Disease and its caregivers, who suffer from isolation and depression. We want to provoke more conversation on this horrific and crippling disease and the need for a cure and further research. The MORAL COMPASS screenplay has won three awards; 2nd place in the Short Script Competition at the 2014 Yosemite International Film Festival, a “top ten finalist” in the screenplay competition of the 2015 NYC Independent Film Festival and a "quarter finalist" in the 2015 Screencraft Short Screenplay category.
While we are still awaiting decisions from many of the current festivals, MORAL COMPASS has already been awarded an "Official Selection" from the 2016 Toronto Film Week Film Festival, 2016 Hoboken International Film Festival, 2016 Noosa International Film Festival, the 2016 Atlantic City Cinefest, the 2016 Yonkers Film Festival (YoFi), the 2016 NYC Independent Film Festival and the 2017 Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival. In addition, Kylie Garcelon was awarded Best Director Short Drama and Robyn Babina was awarded Best Supporting Actress Short Drama from the 2016 Atlantic City Cinefest.
Kylie Garcelon is an Australian-Canadian screenwriter and co-founder of Gladiolus Productions LLC.
Born in Australia, she has lived & worked in multiple countries, from the pink, sandy beaches of
Bermuda to the rugged mountains of Colorado and the Canadian Rockies; experiences that provide
much of the fodder for her writing escapades that typically feature strong female protagonists.
Kylie’s first feature length screenplay, ‘The Mary Project’ won an ‘honorable mention’ at the Canadian
International Film Festival, received an ‘Official Finalist’ award at the Amsterdam International Film
Festival and an "Official Selection" at the 2015 NOVA Film Festival. In 2014 Kylie wrote, directed
and filmed the short satirical food comedy ‘Gluteny’ and produced it with Gladiolus Productions LLC.
‘Gluteny’ is slated for release in 2015. Kylie also wrote the short, emotional drama ‘Moral Compass"
which has received excellent critique from the readers at Bluecat. Currently Kylie is working on her
second feature length screenplay ‘CJ’, a narrative piece about the return of a U.S. female Afghan war
vet who arrives in NYC to resurrect her dream of becoming a writer. Not one to sit still for too long
Kylie currently has two other feature length screenplays in the works that keep her up at night, in
addition to the traffic outside her window. Kylie currently resides in NYC with her husband and
Labrador retriever. In addition to writing screenplays Kylie is equally passionate about education
and she works as a professor at CUNY – City Tech in the Hospitality Management program.
Annie McGreevey made her Broadway debut as a “Big Spender Girl” in
Sweet Charity; played Marta (“Another Hundred People”) in both the
original Broadway and London productions of Company; created the role of
Donna in The Magic Show; Lily St. Regis in Annie and 18 characters in The
Moony Shapiro Songbook; standby for Mrs. Lovett and the Beggar Woman
in Sweeney Todd at Circle in the Square. Off Broadway: Angel Eyes in I
Stand Before You Naked at the American Place Theater; Co-wrote, along
with Jim Crabtree, the one woman show Footloose in Flatbush which she
also starred in at The Westside Arts Center; Mrs. Tancred in City Center’s
Encore production of Juno. Nationally: Voices of War, a one woman drama
commissioned by the Library of Congress. Annie played Rose, an 80 year
old holocaust survivor, in Martin Sherman’s one woman play of the same
name. She created, along with Roger Grunwald, The Mitzvah (originally
entitled Walter& Jakob) at the Emerging Artists Theatre’s “Illuminating
Artists” festival. The Mitzvah which stars Mr. Grunwald and is directed by
Ms. McGreevey, has been chosen for fiscal sponsorship by the New York
Foundation for the Arts. It is currently touring nationally. Television: Ms.
McGreevey has most recently been featured on Law and Order, Law &
Order: Special Victims Unit, and Six Degrees. Over the years she has also
been featured in numerous television commercials. Ms. McGreevey is a
concert artist, nightclub performer, and recording artist. A graduate of
LACC’s School of Cinema, and an alumna of AFI’s Directing Workshop For
Women, Annie wrote, directed, and produced several short films. Her film,
The Sheet Cake, aired on PBS stations throughout the South. She
founding member of The Alliance of Woman Directors.
Steve made his stage acting debut at the Canton Ohio Player’s Guild Theater in the 1960s.
From then till now is nearly a lifetime of, experience, loves, losses, money, no money,
successes, failures. . .memories.
What are we but memory?
To use all of a lifetime of memory to create a character, Riley, in The Moral Compass, a
role so much about memory, is a real gift. The character is also about relationship and it
is such an honor to open my heart/mind memory to make Riley real and invite the
audience into his life created from the screenplay and pieces of my own life.
As I get older, the roles, the acting, gets deeper.
For as long as she can remember, Robyn Babina has always had a fascination with acting. Her BFA in
Film/Drama from Syracuse University allowed her the opportunity to explore different aspects of the
industry and after college, she spent 10 years directing school productions and teaching drama to
middle school students. In the winter of 2011, Robyn joined a community theater group portraying
Marcie in a local production of You Are A Good Man Charlie Brown. After that first experience of
being on stage, she knew there was no going back! She began taking classes and fine tuning her
skills by studying the methods of Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, the Meisner Technique, and practicing
improvisation with the Magnet Theater and UCB. In these few short years, Robyn has appeared
as principal and supporting characters in all forms of media including short and feature films,
television productions, webseries, commercials and also theater. Most recently, in addition to
portraying Jules in Gluteny, and Ashley in Moral Compass, she has starred in an episode of Monsters
Inside Me (Animal Planet) and participated in a showcase performance of scenes taken from both
Angels in America and Agnes of God. She currently lives in southern Connecticut with her husband
and her two little boys. Robyn is also a co-founder of Gladiolus Productions,LLC.