Making Maya” details a high school senior’s coming-of-age as she confronts romance and life after graduation. Giving a knockout performance as Maya, Amy Minderhout carries the pic on her shoulders, but an excessively talky script and ragged pacing render it an unwieldy load. Though item’s theatrical prospects are slight, Minderhout is eminently castable, and further fest appearances are all but assured.
Maya is a sportsman’s fantasy: She’s slim, blonde and lovely but shoots hoops like a guy and trains daily (in Portland). With her best friend and fellow athlete Mars (Desmond Faison), she resolves to enter a free-throw contest that could lead to the basketball career of her dreams. Off the court, Maya’s debilitated mother (Sam Gros) wallows in alcohol-soaked oblivion, and her school friends unsuccessfully try to orchestrate Maya’s social life. Only the arrival of an older Amazon (Sara Taylor) sparks Maya’s unexpected desire and prompts a serious self-examination. Helmer/scribe Rolla Selbak has fashioned an intimate piece that vacillates between self-consciously garrulous teen angst flick and engaging drama. Pic comes most alive when set to music; Selbak, notably, composed several of its catchiest tunes.