Sophia Antonini and Stavroula Toska met while working on the management team of the Paris Theater, a Manhattan art house that screens non-English-language films in their original language. They soon discovered that they both shared a passion for cinema.
Toska came to New York from Greece to continue her acting studies, and Antonini is currently enrolled at the School of Visual Arts working on a degree in screenwriting. In 2010 the two women founded Orama Pictures to produce original work for film and television.
While searching for suitable material to develop into their first feature length production, Toska introduced herself to Olympia Doukakis after a panel discussion where the actress spoke about personal and business experience. They exchanged contact information and when they met a second time, Doukakis recommended a book that moved her twenty-five years earlier.
Greek Women In Resistance by Eleni Fourtouni, Thelphini Press 1986 documents the experiences of Greek women imprisoned during the Greek Civil War (1946–1949). Most of the book is a translation into English of the journals kept by the women who were confined. It provided the inspiration for further research on the subject.
Three Candles, the working title of the Orama Pictures feature narrated by Olympia Dukakis, is in post-production with a projected release date of 2013.
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