Larissa Lowthorp has been sharing stories via art and the written word since she was old enough to hold a crayon. Her original artwork was first exhibited at a public gallery when she was eight years old. The concept and subtext of Larissa's original work feature surreal, magical, mythological, and whimsical elements. She draws upon inspiration from her imagination, vivid dreams, keen observation, life experiences, history, science fiction, legends, fairy tales and folklore from around the world.
Larissa, the storyteller.
teller of tales.
dreamer of dreams.
"the storyteller transported us to a different world"
Imagination takes flight
Larissa's mother wove intricate worlds in made-up bedtime stories which helped her imagination take flight. As an escape from an often-harsh reality, Larissa wrote skits and plays, which manifested into a lifelong love of creative writing. Her writing was first published at the age of ten, soon followed by essays, poems, fantasy novellas, and award-winning short stories. Larissa's screenplays have been celebrated by movie industry insiders as being "a breath of fresh air...Hollywood's next big writer...thrilling and imaginative" among other accolades.
Under the personal encouragement of esteemed authors Maya Angelou (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings), Mary Brave Bird (Ohitika Woman), Patricia C. Wrede (The Enchanted Forest Chronicles), Ann M. Martin (The Baby-Sitter's Club), Sherryl Jordan (The Raging Quiet), Isabel R. Marvin (A Bride for Anna's Papa), and Marion Dane Bauer (On My Honor), Larissa penned numerous prize-winning stories and poems, some of which were published. Larissa was an invited guest of the highly selective Youth Journalism International Conference in Washington D.C.
Larissa is the author of myriad script treatments and four feature-length screenplays, which are in development for theatrical release.
Larissa's directorial debut film, Mary, set in early aughts United States, explores the inner life of a young woman who ultimately confronts internal and external turmoil. As her sense of self unravels, a bold journey to reclaim her personal power in the aftermath of sexual assault is set in motion.
The 14-minute short premiered at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival. Praise from The Independent Critic states: "Mary is provocative ... involving. A dark and gripping story...an absolutely vital film to watch. Powerful...emotional...lingers in your psyche."