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A Marine Story'

EB: Please tell me about your background in acting and producing.

PP: My background in acting started at a local level here at F-M. I was involved in theater and acted in the fall play when I was in high school. I also took part in the National Shakespeare Competition in which I represented F-M all the way to the national level in New York City. When I graduated from F-M in 2003, I went on to Emerson College in Boston for my BFA in film directing.

I have spent the majority of my time concentrating on directing. I met the writer/director of [this] film by chance and he liked my look and asked me to audition. I came on as a producer a few months later.

In addition to independent films, I also work as an art department coordinator on films for Sony Pictures such as "Death at a Funeral," "Friends with Benefits" and the upcoming "Burlesque" with Christina Aguilera and Cher. I have also worked in production on Ron Howard's "Angels and Demons" and Oscar-nominated "Frost/Nixon."

EB: What would you tell people about this movie that would motivate them to see it?

PP: This film is not what you're expecting. The film tells the story of a woman who is forced to leave the military and finds herself in the small town that she grew up in. When she meets a troubled girl in her late teens the pair works together to find their places in the world. It is a compassionate film about a woman with a deep patriotism who wishes to serve her country. We're not pushing agendas, just telling stories. If my Dad liked it, I think most people will.

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