TV / Film Projects
A True Story Based on the Book All the Pretty Shoes
By Marika Roth aka Marianne R. Klein
An orphaned young girl becomes a hero in her own Dickensian life as she faces anti-Semitism and sexual predators in WWII Budapest. Guided by her opera-loving ghost-mother and her idol, Shirley Temple, she cleverly manipulates her way out of war-torn Europe and ventures into fascinating Paris where swing dance and Glenn Miller are all the rage and where she is made a life-changing offer she can’t refuse.
Marika’s War, a feature film written by Marianne R. Klein (aka Marika Roth) is based on her memoire, All the Pretty Shoes.
The Generation Gap
A 70s Live-Action Music-Infused Dramady Movie
By Marianne R. Klein & Vikki Young
15-year-old wannabe pop star, Sofia is horrified and embarrassed when her uptight attorney-mom leaves her in the care of her free-spirited grandmother, a former Follies Girl, who has been estranged from the family for years. With her world now upside down it is only love and music that can pull both young and old together and find a way to incorporate the Big Band sound with rock and pop, thus eliminating the “generation gap”.
Since You Were Gone
(I Threw a Party)
By Marianne R. Klein
After the death of her cheating husband, Eva must reinvent herself to survive overwhelming debt and find happiness.
Rain or Shine
Dramady Based on a True Story
By Marianne R. Klein
A pie-in-the-sky dreamer gets tangled in a series of risky deals that nearly costs him his life. To escape from his tumultuous life, he becomes a shoe shine artist and discovers treasures beyond wealth. A powerful story with an interesting twist.
My Fairy Godmother
By Ruth Campbell
A serious journalist who’s been nominated for an important, career-changing award is forced to share his house with a pretty, young, homeless woman who claims to be his fairy godmother. At the same time, he’s ordered to write an article on a “channeler” who’s allegedly possessed by the spirit of a Scotsman who’s been dead for 200 years. Although these two goofballs seem like they’ll ruin his chance of winning the award, they just might wind up helping him to become a better man.
All the Pretty Shoes
An Award-Winning Memoir by Marika Roth aka Marianne R. Klein
A gripping story that follows Marika Roth, a Jewish girl who barely escapes her own death, and witnesses the execution of hundreds of Jews on the banks of the Danube River. Relying on her wits, courage, imagination and without parents or family to protect her, she comes face to face with anti-Semitism, betrayal, bullying and sexual predators.
Marika finally escapes Budapest via Paris and arrives in Canada where she grows into a woman challenged by language barriers, terrifying spousal abuse, career roadblocks and kidnappings. Thankfully, along with the heartbreak, Marika finds love, humor, and delightful moments as a model and artist as she continues to learn how to adjust to life’s unexpected curves.
Marika’s War above, is based on the first half of the book, All The Pretty Shoes.
A Gambler’s Journey
A Romantic Drama by Marianne R. Klein
Despite their impending divorce, an out-of-luck professional gambler fights for the love of his dying wife and the custody of his child. As a widower and single parent, he faces financial hardship and antisemitism until a chance meeting with his soulmate changes his life.
This Place Far Away
By Ruth Campbell
World War II is raging across the globe and sixteen-year-old Peggy is worried about her boyfriend who is overseas risking his life to protect England from Nazi air raids. So, when 12-year-old British evacuee Wilf moves into the Pasadena home that Peggy shares with her mother, the teen isn’t very welcoming to him. As summer passes each have their own struggles – Peggy begins to fall for a former schoolmate who’s been secretly in love with her for years, and Wilf experiences the torment of first love – neither suspecting that before the summer ends, careless decisions they’ve made will not only change the course of their own lives, but will have a tragic impact on someone who is important to them both.
By Ruth Campbell
When 12-year-old Shawn, a baseball superstar, loses his pitching arm to cancer, his hopes to pitch professionally are shattered. As this medical issue has been difficult on the whole family, his parents decide to rent a lakeside cabin for the entire summer in hopes of getting their family back to normal. Shawn reluctantly goes and attends the local county fair where he notices a young woman named Thora Hilliard cutting out silhouettes. In addition to making portraits, pale and silent Thora seems to have a supernatural ability to create silhouettes that depict memories, wishes, and predictions. As Shawn cautiously become friends with this mysterious stranger, he begins to suspect that Thora, too, may have suffered a tragic loss—nearly a hundred years earlier. If he’s right, he might be the only one who can help her find true happiness again. But, first, he’ll have to let go of the anger he’s felt ever since his surgery and allow Thora to help him…if he can.
Marianne R. Klein (aka Marika Roth)
Marika Roth was born in Budapest, Hungary. After surviving the brutal Nazi occupation of her homeland, Marika immigrated first to Paris, then to Montreal, Canada, where she worked as a fashion model while studying creative writing and psychology at Sir George William University and at the Montreal School of Fine Arts. She continued on her path toward becoming a writer by taking courses at UCLA and at the Writers Boot Camp in Los Angeles. Marika is a member of Women in Film, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to empower, promote, and mentor women in the entertainment and media industries. In addition to writing screenplays, Marika has had several art exhibits. Her acrylic-based figurative artwork has been shown at several private exhibits. She lives in Los Angeles.
Vikki Young is a native of California. She began her career as a teacher and later worked in development for both film and television, as well as standards & practices for studios such as Buena Vista International and Walt Disney Studios. While at Disney, in addition to managing animated, live action, original and acquired programming domestically, she was also programming liaison to Disney Channel Asia Pacific, headquartered in Taiwan and Singapore. Finding theatre as rewarding as television and film, Vikki is also an actor, and has been an acting teacher, theatre director, and enjoyed being an administrator at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Hollywood. In addition to producing and developing new material, Vikki currently works as a voice-over actor in film, television and radio. Ms. Young is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Women in Animation, Society of Book Writers and Illustrators (SBWI) and SAG/AFTRA. She lives in Los Angeles.
Jorja A. Brown
Jorja Brown, also a native of California, is an alumni of Brigham Young University where she majored in Communications. Returning to California, she was hired by the iconic advertising and marketing firm Young and Rubicam as a traffic coordinator, handling a variety of accounts. Leaving Y&R to be closer to the entertainment field, she went to work for Doty-Dayton Productions in marketing and distribution of “Where the Red Fern Grows”, “Seven Alone”, and “Pony Express Rider” to name a few.
Stepping out on her own, she and a partner formed a limited partnership with several investors; they produced and distributed “Where’s Willie”, a family film which was shot entirely on location in Texas using an all-union cast and crew.
Jorja has worked at The Walt Disney Company in various divisions, including Strategic Planning, and Corporate Administration. Domestic Television played a large part in her time there as she was involved in Development, Affiliate Relations, Marketing, Public Relations and Administration. She also worked at Miramax Television (at the time owned by Disney) reporting to the Chairman.