"The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion."
- Molly Ivins
Maryedith Burrell is “Creative Consultant” for the documentary RAISE HELL: The Life And Times of Molly Ivins. Directed by Janice Engel, the film garnered rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival January 2019. It will also be featured at SouthBySouthwest March 2019 and Full Frame Documentary Festival April 2019. San Francisco Film Festival and Minneapolis Film Festival are also in the works.
RAISE HELL is about author, journalist and activist Molly Ivins. Often compared to Mark Twain and Will Rogers, Molly was a six-foot tall Texan whose razor-sharp wit spoke truth to power and gave a voice to those who didn’t have one. She wrapped her political critiques in humor and kept everybody laughing. At the height of her popularity, nearly 400 papers carried her column. Molly was a popular guest on TV and radio, an outspoken promoter of the ACLU, and encouraged her constituents to raise hell and fight for freedom
TEACHING - LECTURES - WORKSHOPS
WCU – Adjunct Professor “Producing,” “Documentary,” "Filmmakers on Filmmaking," & “Playwriting”
Flatiron Writers – “Adaptation” “Sketch Comedy,” “Prose to Picture”
UNCA – Guest Lecturer “Presentation Workshop” & “Working in Live TV”
The New York Studio for Stage and Screen - Head of the Screenwriting Program
Warren Wilson College – Guest Lecturer “Page To Podium”
Carolina Film Institute - Professor “Screenwriting”
Great Smokies Writing Program – “Screenwriting," "Presentation Workshop," "Dramatic Storytelling"
Santa Catalina School for Girls - "The Art of Losing"
Asheville Writers In The Schools – Artist-in-Residence
The Getty Museum - "Villa Play Series Lectures"
The Los Angeles Natural History Museum – “LA Live!”
Radio Club LA – Teacher/Founder
Robin Williams: Behind Closed Doors
Documentary. "Robin Williams: Behind Closed Doors" gives viewers an intimate look at his life from his childhood in the suburbs of Chicago to small comedy clubs in Los Angeles.
"She’s testing the solo-show waters with “#OUCH! An Accidental Comedy.” If it’s got a fragment of the bite of her “Praise Satan Club” sketch, I’m there."
- Scott Heller, New York Times
"I don't want to spoil too much, but this brutally honest, and riotously funny show, takes you on a personal journey that includes a deep and scary look at the truth about the insurance industry, and the evils they do. From $1000 tubes of 2 ounces of cream rub for a mystery rash, to a Jesus-selling housekeeper, this is something that is pure sitcom material, delivered perfectly and personally by a master of the medium."
- Jeff Messer, Host of the Jeff Messer Show
#OUCH: An Accidental Comedy is one woman’s surreal adventure in the modern American health care system. This sidesplitting comedy is personal and hilariously subversive. From the police that won’t lift her out of the mud to the born-again nurse who thinks sitting on a bedpan is a come-to-Jesus moment, this multi-media show is an entertaining cautionary tale.