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Your Face in Mine

Producers Martin Werner


In this provocative medical drama set in near-future Baltimore, forty-year-old radio station manager Kelly Thorndike encounters his former high-school classmate, whose astonishing transformation spurs Kelly to confront his past and face his choices. Martin Lipkin, once the white Jewish bassist in Kelly’s teenage rock band, is now a wealthy African-American international entrepreneur, married to a gorgeous African-American woman with two adopted African-American daughters. Martin Lipkin underwent racial reassignment surgery (RRS) and now identifies as Martin Wilkinson. An enigmatic gender-reassignment surgeon in Bangkok has added RRS to his repertoire, perfecting the processes of changing skin color, hair texture, facial structure, and beyond to achieve total metamorphoses.

Martin asks Kelly to document the story of his racial reassignment as part of his campaign to advocate the procedure to a global market. Stagnating in grief for the recent deaths of his Chinese wife and daughter, Kelly is desperate for purpose and radical change. He agrees to help Martin tell his story, unfurling a web of intrigue that propels him toward a future he never imagined possible.

About The Team

Malik Vitthal (Co-writer, Director) Born and raised in Los Angeles, Malik Vitthal graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He co-wrote his feature directorial debut Imperial Dreams, which was developed at the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab and the Jerusalem International Film Lab. Imperial Dreams premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award: Best of NEXT <=>. Vitthal is developing his second film at the Torino Film Lab.

Ismet Prcic (Co-writer) was born in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina and immigrated to the United States in 1996. He holds an MFA in writing from the University of California, Irvine. Grove Atlantic Inc. published his debut novel Shards, which received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Prcic is a Sundance Screenwriting Lab and Jerusalem International Film Lab fellow for the film Imperial Dreams. Prcic is developing his second film at the Torino Film Lab.

Your Face in Mine is a Cinereach grantee.