Marianne Ruane

Marianne Ruane
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
October 14
I'm an international writer/ filmmaker who came to Philadelphia by way of Washington DC, Novosibirsk and Moscow (Russia), Miami, and Los Angeles after earning degrees from Cornell and U of Miami in Russian studies and film production. Originally from Scranton, PA, I am loving my new city, imbibing all the history I can and scarfing down all the pork belly I can get my hands on. I love telling stories, whether in pictures or words - thanks for indulging me! ------------------------------------------------------------ "My grandma used to plant tomato seedlings in tin cans from tomato sauce & puree & crushed tomatoes she got from the Italian restaurant by her house, but she always soaked the labels off first. I don't want them to be anxious about the future, she said. It's not healthy." -- Brian Andreas


JULY 2, 2013 9:55PM

What Tony Soprano Taught Me

James Gandolfini was in my dating pool. Not that I ever dated him, but he was only seven years older than I was when he died of a heart attack. What a reminder of the brevity of life! I think sometimes about the mortality of my parents, or the parents ofRead full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2012 5:42PM

Philadelphia: The City of Ghostly Love

 I was on my way to Philadelphia's Triumph Brewing Company to meet with my boss, Joe Wojie of Grim Philly Twilight Tours, and Laurie Hull, a paranormal investigator from Tri County Paranormal. We were going to discuss and map out the route to our Halloween tour, a hands-on historical ghost hunt.Read full post »

AUGUST 2, 2011 12:33PM

Hiking My Spectacular State

 “There’s a view there, but I’m not too sure how good it will be.” View? I was all about the view. That was the reward for a difficult hike. That was the explanation I gave to my mother who could not understand “why anyone would want to walk up a mountain”Read full post »

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APRIL 5, 2011 1:39PM

Grandma and God

When I was packing up to move out of my now ex-fiance’s condo, I went through all of my stuff and got rid of everything I didn’t love. I could probably still eliminate half of what I did keep, but I figured that since I had to get a storage unitRead full post »

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AUGUST 26, 2010 4:49PM

A Kosher Pig Roast Wedding

When I was on summer break from college one year, I went to visit my friend Melissa on her family’s farm. It was more like a house in the country than an actual farm, acres of land with a big garden and some chickens and goats. They were celebrating her brother’sRead full post »

Over five million Americans are estimated to be living with chronic viral hepatitis. Up to 1.4 million have hepatitis B and over 3 million are infected with hepatitis C. With the observance of World Hepatitis Awareness Day on May 19, I’m reminded of my own screening experience six months ago.

IRead full post »

“Lenin, Partiya, Komsomol!”

It was so unlike me to be yelling in public – and somewhat disrespectfully at that - particularly in a crowded public place. In 1989, I was a quiet, polite, rule-abiding straight-A student doing a semester abroad in Moscow, Russia. At least I had been,Read full post »

On our second and main day of shooting, it started raining as soon as we reached Simi Valley. I had checked the forecast ahead of time, so I was prepared. Michael wasn’t. Granted, we live in sunny Los Angeles where rain is practically unheard of, but the chanceRead full post »

JANUARY 12, 2010 11:39PM

Graffiti: Writing is All in the Family

 “There’s no one I ever gave a can of spray paint to who didn’t become addicted.”

 I try to imagine myself with a can of spray paint, decorating a blank wall with my signature, with the most creative expression to identify myself that I can think up.Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2010 7:22PM

Success in 2010: 98 3/4 % Guaranteed

My friend Karin and I always think up a catch phrase for the new year. When we both found ourselves recovering from holiday breakups (mine – December 27, hers – January 1), 2008 became ‘two thousand great.’ I attacked the new year with a positive attitude bordering on vengeanc… Read full post »

“Imagine a world in which everyone has an electric smart car. As drivers are about to leave work, their cars ask them whether they will be making any ancillary stops or going straight home. Based on that answer, the cars will decide whether powering up is necessary, and if so, whereRead full post »

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JULY 21, 2009 7:42PM

Me and Michael Jackson in Moscow

Before I married my ex-husband, I had a lot of doubts about whether I should stay with him. My friend Bert offered a litmus test. “Do you have a great time together? Do you have more fun with him than with anyone else?” I paused. “It’s not that hard, Mar!” sheRead full post »

A common film myth is that early moviegoers were terrified by the approach of a train in the 1895 Lumière film L'Arrivé d'un Train, confusing the images for reality. I had a similar experience recently, and while I didn’t duck under my seat (and I doubt any of those original audieRead full post »

APRIL 8, 2009 3:02PM

Discomfort is True

I believe that the feelings we have inside us can be misleading. Sometimes it is the most uncomfortable feeling we have that can be the true answer.  

I met my last boyfriend through an Internet dating site. We had an amazing connection over email and talked for five hours our firstRead full post »

“When he was able to find the better part of himself, to
fix things between us, he was happy. Why would he give
that up?”

“Maybe you pushed him too hard.”

“We were making progress!”

“He’s had 42 years to get stuck in his ways.”

“But being ha… Read full post »

The film opens with a potted plant sitting on a sill overlooking a calm blue sea spread out like a movie screen in front of its lone spectator.  We sense the light breeze, practically feel the mellow sunshine.  It could be paradise if it wasn't marred by a slight nagging pity/Read full post »

I used to say that film school ruined movie watching for me. I spent more time noticing the practical lights on the set or the blue tint in day for night shots than I did in the story. A few years ago, when a much younger date brought me to a… Read full post »

At a Writer’s Guild panel discussion of screenwriters nominated for this year’s WGA Awards, Dustin Lance Black told about working with Sean Penn on Milk. “He’d call for more research. I’d give his assistant binders, transcripts, huge piles of stuff, and the next morningRead full post »

I’m a monkey. According to Chinese astrology, this year of the ox is supposed to be a very good one for me financially. Given the lousy state of the economy in America and worldwide, I find it hard to believe that everyone born in 1968, approximately 72,898,000 of us, will haveRead full post »

One of the biggest challenges I faced in Russia in the early 1990s was trying to make my favorite dishes from the U.S. I didn’t have an American set of measuring cups or spoons, and I didn’t feel like converting everything to liters to use the Russian equivalents, so I used… Read full post »
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NOVEMBER 17, 2008 5:40PM

Racial Intolerance in an American Family - Mine


tolerate (L tolerare, to bear):  1 to allow  2 to respect (others’ beliefs, practices, etc.) without sharing them  3 to bear (someone or something disliked); put up with 

Last week I went to see the Jonathan Demme movie Rachel Getting Married. Anne Hathaway plays Rac… Read full post »

On one of my early visits to LA, before I moved here, I met a bitter, disillusioned television editor, a little older than I was, who said he was from Pennsylvania. I’m not sure what tipped me off (maybe the mullet, maybe the 80s-style glasses), but I just knew he wasRead full post »