But now she pines for making her own film in her own hometown.
Back in Racine on summer break, Ganz will start filming a three-part mini-series she wrote called Marked at various locations in Racine and Caledonia, including Hot Shop Glass, D P Wigley Company, Cliffside Park, and Racine’s harbor from Aug. 12 through Aug. 22. The film is for her senior thesis class.
Ganz, a Prairie School graduate, felt drawn back to Racine because she wants to see the arts get bigger in the Midwest and feels connected to Racine.
“People here have been so willing to help and to be involved,” Ganz said.
Each part of the science fiction series will be 15 minutes long and features the story of three siblings that live in a world where there are two classes: the marked and the unmarked. Those branded with a black butterfly tattoo are part of an élite class. They are served by those who are unmarked, who are living in poverty.
“Every so often during a time known as The Cycle, marked girls are selected to be taken to a new world, a paradise that is the envy of all civilians,” Ganz wrote on her GoFundMe page.
The story captures the characters’ ability to survive and fit in.
While Ganz has produced several films, this is the first time she’ll be directing a film she wrote.
“I fell into producing because I love organizing things,” Ganz said. “But I also love story telling.”
The series is expected to be completed next spring.