See Jane Run: An American Indo Story

Dr. Jane Mantiri, a child refugee from Indonesia, transforms her family’s trauma and sacrifice into a legacy of love.

Born in Jakarta after the Indonesian revolution, Dr. Jane Mantiri’s mixed-race Indo family fled to the United States. Bullied and displaced, Jane escaped through television. She wrote stories and fantasized about becoming an actress but her beloved father forbade her dream. Jane ran track, became an American citizen, met her husband, enlisted in the Army, had two children, earned a PhD, sued her school district for gender discrimination, became a trauma therapist and healer, owned a ranch (including llamas!), and fulfilled her father’s all-American dreams. But when her parents died, Jane’s grief led her to an acting class, into the kitchen to prepare comfort food, and on a pilgrimage to reclaim and redefine her Indo American identity.

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Bruce Nelson (producer/director)’s award-winning documentary short Gospel Radio Man will roll out on national PBS the fall of 2022. He won a Telly Award for his first short film, Tales of Tobacco. His film Raglin Tales was an official selection of the Arizona Black Film Showcase, Phoenix Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival, Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival and Rhode Island International Film Festival. Bruce’s feature-length documentary North Town was an official selection of the Jerome Independent Film & Music Festival, the American Online Film Awards Festival and The Sir Charles Darwin Film Festival (UK), TruDocumentary Film Festival 2016, and Docs Without Borders Film Festival 2016 (Exceptional Merit award winner). North Town is now streaming on Amazon. Bruce has decided he would employ his storytelling experience to shed light on often-overlooked dark chapters in American history.

Brenda Jean Foley (executive producer/writer) has produced theater, cabaret, digital events, and film screenings. Though now she calls Phoenix, Arizona home, her decades of experience onstage and onscreen have taken her from New York to Tokyo. She co-founded CEO Theater in NYC and nonprofit theater & media production company The Bridge Initiative in Phoenix with whom she produced virtual/digital content in 2020-21. Two of her feature-length screenplays with writing partner Linnea Liu Dakin are in talks for production. She volunteers and consults with the Worldwide Women’s Film Festival, CineStory and more.

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From Executive Producer Brenda Foley

I grew up feeling like an outsider. I was a diplomat’s kid and struggled to fit in as an American overseas and then as an “un-American” teen in the United States. Ballet was my escape and constant – I could always stand at a barre and speak the language. I also fell into books and leaned on stories to understand the world around me. Theatre and film became a natural fit as I worked to express myself and learn about others. Unfortunately, I have also encountered misogyny and sexual assault both inside and outside the industry, and I’ve been branded a troublemaker for asking questions and standing up for what I believe. When I met Jane, I found a kindred spirit. Her story delights, infuriates, and most of all inspires me. I want to share her wisdom, humor, passion, and talent with the world – it has made me better and I know it has the power to do the same for others!


I have assembled a team including director/producer Bruce Nelson of NEB Productions, director of photography Barri Chase, editor/camera/foley sound Aleks Hollis, story consultant/voiceover artist Andréa Morales de Castellano, and graphic designer Will Rogers. We are well into production with principal photography wrapped in Portland in May 2023, and are actively seeking investors to help the team get to Indonesia where Jane aspires to engage with young women in young women in Yogyakarta and visit Surabaya, the place her father’s family called home that is also the site of his sister’s brutal murder during the Indonesian Revolution.

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