Confinement is a modern re-telling of the classic weird tale The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935). The story is semi-autobiographical and was written after Gilman suffered an acute attack of postpartum depression. The movie is about a woman whose physician husband has determined she is suffering from depression following the birth of their only child. He has installed her in the upstairs bedroom of their rental house to recuperate. There, she becomes fixated on the color and design of the paper that surrounds the room. The film portrays the impact of this confinement on her mental state and feelings about marriage and motherhood. Or maybe it's a ghost story! The film is ideal for college courses in women's studies, gender studies, male-female relationships, American literature, feminism, and the supernatural.


CONFINEMENT, a film by John McCarty, based on The Yellow Wallpaper, an acclaimed short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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actress Colleen Lovett

Colleen Lovett(Kathy) is an active member of the film and theater community in Upstate New York. Her stage appearances include Dracula at Cohoes Music Hall, The Worlds of Shakespeare and Time After Time at Albany Civic Theater, The Triangle Factory Fire Project at Schenectady Civic Playhouse, and Searching for Signs of Womanhood in the 21st Century with State Street productions, in which she performed excerpts from Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues and Jane Wagner’s Searching For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.

Winner, "Best Performance," 2011 Knickerbocker Film Festival



actor Tony Pallone

Tony Pallone (John) has acted with the Theater Company at Hubbard Hall, a traveling Shakespeare troupe, performing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like It, and Much Ado About Nothing. Other stage roles include Richard III (with the Albany Civic Theater), Roat in Wait Until Dark (with the Curtain Call Theatre), and Richard Dudgeon in Shaw’s The Devil's Disciple (with Theater Voices in Albany). Film roles include George Lucas in a fantasy sequence in Fairies and Robots.



actress Nina Lorcini

Nina Lorcini (Mary), a Canadian-British mezzo-soprano, made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall in Vivaldi’s Gloria. Her debut with Opera at Florham soon followed, and she returned there for Verdi’s Women, in which she sang scenes and arias from Il Trovatore, Aida, and Un Ballo in Maschera. Other credits include Amneris, Verdi’s Egyptian princess, at Opera of the Hamptons; arias and ensembles from Carmen, Rigoletto, and Il Trovatore at Boheme Opera New Jersey; and soloist excerpts from Samson et Dalila and Il Trovatore at Amphion Opera’s Gala Concert in Toronto.


John McCarty (Director, Writer, Editor) is the director of Dead Horse Trail, which earned an Honorable Mention citation at the 2008 Electric City Film Festival, and The Metamorphosis, inspired by the Franz Kafka novel.  He published the first of his over 20 non-fiction books on film and entertainment subjects in 1978.  His book Bullets Over Hollywood(2004) was produced as a major documentary by Hugh M. Hefner’s Alta Loma Entertainment.  Additionally, he is the narrator and co-director-producer-writer of The Fearmakers Collection, a 10-episode series profiling some of the world’s most influential makers of classic suspense and terror films based on his 1994 book of the same title and released on DVD by Elite Entertainment.

Audrey E. Kupferberg (Producer-Assistant Director) is a lecturer at the University at Albany (SUNY), where she teaches courses in film history in the Art Department. She also is a film and video archivist, and appraiser, and has been Director of the Yale Film Study Center and Assistant Director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute. She has co-authored several books, including Matthau: A Life; Angela Lansbury: A Life on Stage and Screen;and Meet the Mertzes, a double biography of Vivian Vance and William Frawley.

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