Film & Projects


Film: The Creative High


Adriana is currently working on a film project called The Creative High which inquires into the lives of artists who have faced addiction. This documentary film will illustrate how artists such as musicians, visual artists, dancers and performers create art. The Creative High will explore the highs and the lows of art-making and help us understand more about the human condition from people who have experienced deep loss and disorientation due to addiction. The Creative High will be a testament to the chaotic and passionate nature of creativity from a unique San Francisco perspective. To find our more about the film, get involved or donate to the project, go to

Film: When The Fall Comes

When the Fall Comes was initiated by Marchione in response to her struggle with grief after the loss of her husband in June of 2007. She documented dreams, memories and created poetry about her experiences for over five years, which then culminated into the performance of the same name, When the Fall Comes.

By teaming up with a film crew that included filmmakers Wyatt Roy and Michael Brandt and composer David Boman, Marchione was able to craft a film that brings us into a compelling story of loss and renewal. In addition to the strong imagery of When the Fall Comes, a tapestry of dialogue inquires into the nature of grief and directly shows us how art can be an alternate source of healing. Watch When the Fall Comes on Vimeo

Reactions to When the Fall Comes:


When the Fall Comes is a vulnerable and brave investigation into how one overcomes tragedy. Adriana Marchione courageously leads through example: reliving and retelling the story behind the death of her husband through the arts. This is a documentary that is worth tackling – one that will leave you believing in the healing power of the expression of gratitude no matter what the circumstance.”

– Jeff Galfer, Actor and Producer


“Can art heal grief? Take note in this beautifully crafted film-a poem in itself-woven together with interviews, metaphorical imagery, and performance. One experiences not only the sense of grief and longing, but the sense of healing rooted in the creative process. A testament to the power of healing through art.”

– Barbara Klutinis, Filmmaker


“The film, When the Fall Comes is truly a work of beauty that lends understanding to the grief journey through the eyes of an artist who knows the landscape of grief intimately. In relating her own experience, inspirational filmmaker Adriana Marchione illustrates how art and creativity can open up channels of expression that make possible new perspectives on grief that allow us to be fully alive to all of our feelings –including joy –as we navigate the ever-changing world of grief. Through this film we learn how art can give us ‘something to hold on to when we are falling.’”

– Patricia Murphy, Director, Josie’s Place for Bereaved Youth and Families

Writing: Poetry Chapbook

Adriana’s poetry chapbook was initially formed as she witnessed her late husband undergo the lung cancer treatment that eventually took his life in June 2007. In response to this significant loss, she continued to write poetry, supported by dance and movement, to process her experiences. Influenced by her professional work using art as a means for healing, she undertook this writing journey as a guide through loss and renewal. Design by Jeffery Shepherd of Shepherd Letterpress, San Francisco, CA. Published January 2013

A complimentary copy of the book is available here.