Samara Lerman, a former Napa resident now living in Seattle, has written and produced and acted in a short film “Iron.” It is a finalist at the Walnut Creek Shadow Mountain Film Competition on Sept. 15 and 16.
Lerman, a Vintage High School graduate, got her acting start in the Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival.
“Iron” is the story of a woman who escapes the crowded tenements of early 1900s New York to take on a demanding railway job. Determined to work on a steam engine, a position not traditionally held by women, she faces the hostility of her fellow railroad workers while finding her own inner strength.
While America is familiar with the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter, the women laborers of the first World War are mostly forgotten. The American railroad represented freedom and adventure in a time when most women had little opportunity for either. These opportunities disappeared when the soldiers returned home. This is the story of one woman who aspires not only to find her own purpose and future on the railroad, but who is also determined to continue her path, long after the powers that be aim to take her dreams away.
The screenplay was developed after the team was awarded 4Culture’s highly competitive, site-specific grant, and was written to be set along the Snoqualmie River with the backdrop of the surrounding mountains, employing the original steam engines and railway buildings that have been preserved by the Northwest Railway Museum.
“Iron” was awarded Best Narrative Short—Audience Choice at the Oceanside Film Festival; Best Foreign Film at the Tandil Cortos- Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes and was a selection of the Tacoma International Film Festival, Women Texas Film Festival, Jerome Independent Film Festival and Mountain Shadow Short Film Competition.