A Critically Endangered Species

A Critically Endangered Species

The story of the final weeks leading up to the disappearance (and presumable death) of Maya Dardel, an internationally respected poet and novelist who lived, until 2016, in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Maya announces on National Public Radio that she is going to end her life and that young male writers may compete to become executor of her estate. The man who wins will inherit Maya’s home, land, books, unpublished manuscripts, and be expected to protect and promote her posthumous reputation. 

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Zachary Cotler

Magdalena Zyzak


Directors: Zachary Cotler, Magdalena Zyzak
Executive Producer: Craig R. Johnson
Producer: Mike S. Ryan, Morgan Jon Fox, Dariusz Jablonski, Violetta Kaminska, Izabela Wojcik
Screenwriter: Zachary Cotler, Magdalena Zyzak
Cinematographer: Patrick Scola
Editor: Osman Bayraktaroglu
Production Designer: Sarah Cole
Sound Designer: Tomasz Dukszta C.A.S.
Music: Zachary Cotler
Principal Cast: Lena Olin, Rosanna Arquette , Jordan Gavaris, Nathan Keyes, Alexander Koch, Chris Voss


Public Film Contact
Mike S. Ryan
(805) 729-6037
Publicity Contact
Jim Dobson
Sales Agent
Bill Straus, bill@bridgeindependent.com
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2016
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Drama
Screening Section: Narrative Feature Competition
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: Poland, United States
Runtime: 104 mins