All of Me: Artists+Mothers features four women whose divergent life circumstances have led them to negotiate their role as mothers and artists very differently. Battling impostor syndrome, juggling the stigma of single parenting, refusing traditional child-rearing roles in a markedly patriarchal world are some of the experiences they share in common, besides arriving at the tiny town of Paonia to spend a few weeks at Elsewhere Studios to make new creative works.
When Andy must move to yet another foster home, his case worker helps him connect to his inner superhero.
#BeingMyTrueAuthenticSelf is a short film with no dialogue. It follows the cycle of a young woman who is DESPERATE to be noticed, seen, recognized and loved on social media. She is stuck in a cycle...a loop... of fantasy pitting itself against reality. Knowing the harm her obsession is causing, her unquenchable need to belong keeps her perpetuating a self-destructing cycle. These two inner desires fight and battle to the bitter end. #BeingMyTrueAuthenticSelf is a short film that ultimately highlights a social and cultural issue that is destroying the lives of so many young women across the globe.
Sydney is doing everything she can to meet the demands of being a new mom. She feels the pressure to bounce back, care for the baby, and be the best wife. Exhausted from a lack of uninterrupted sleep, a never-ending stream of dirty laundry, and pumping until her nipples are sore, Sydney decides to return to the office as a means to feel “normal” again. However, unable to secure childcare, she remains tied to the house. Turning to her husband Derrick for comfort, whose blind to her unhappiness, a depressed and seemingly alone Sydney loses the battle within herself.
Friends from NYC's South Asian diaspora team up to form Junoon Performing Arts. Their mission is to build community by merging their love of Bollywood with their passion for Contemporary dance to both celebrate their heritage and address social issues that have personal resonance for them including terrorism, homophobia and domestic violence.
On the morning of Emily's 30th birthday the guy she's be seeing dumps her right after they just had sex. Her friends come over to cheer her up only to find out Emily has never had an orgasm during sex. They decide to go out so Emily can find her orgasm and her self confidence. Little does Emily know her friends have reached out to a crush from her past to help her find her big OH!
Two mothers will stop at nothing to get one of their middle school daughters into the prestigious Seattle Academy.
16-year-old Daniel is excited, he just graduated from the Youth Law Enforcement program for young teens who want to pursue a career in law enforcement. During his short walk home, Daniel encounters a few unsavory officers. Scared and alone, Daniel contacts his parents . When Daniel’s parents finally arrive to his location, the situation intensifies and Daniel's life will never be the same.
On a beautiful, sunny day five year old Zizou fell to the ground and died when his heart suddenly stopped. In that moment of losing my son I was thrown into the cold reality of America’s complicated relationship with death. Through animation, "Death and Magic Castles" explores traditions of mourning and loss in different cultures and follows my quest to bring death and life closer together in a culture where mourning is taboo and the goal is to live forever.
A woman interviews a doula to support her birth
Ethan’s Art-Venture is a short film about an autistic, illustrator who on his 9th birthday, is given a gift that allows him access to a powerful, imaginative, inner realm: a completely animated world. Every year, Ethan represents the school at the National Art Conference. However, this year there is a new, skillful artist competing who Ethan sees as a threat to his title as “best artist.” With determination to prove his artistic abilities, he is armed with only his trusty pencil to help him reclaim his prize.
Two women are separated by a pane of glass, a disease and an uncertain future. ---- A married couple faces the unimaginable when one of them gets sick during the early days of COVID. When Sophia doesn’t respond to Mave’s repeated calls, what starts out as a manageable routine ends in a difficult decision.
"I Mustache You" is a whimsical magical realistic comedy, inspired by Buster Keaton, Looney Tunes, and NYC about Abby, a woman with social anxiety, OCD and agoraphobic tendencies who receives an invitation to love, self acceptance, and the outside world.
Enter a pastel dreamland of 3,000 vintage beauty artifacts in the desert community of Joshua Tree, California and meet "America's hairstorian" Jeff Hafler as he struggles to keep his roadside attraction afloat during a remarkable year that changes his life and the lives of his husband and son.
Two women at opposite ends of their careers: Lauren, a rising star before the pandemic, is interviewing Ruth, a seasoned pro, let go during the pandemic. Over Zoom, what’s supposed to be a professional interview, soon becomes a therapy session.
When two long-time friends (and musicians) prepare to go on their first date they wrestle with the impact the date could have on their friendship. Will the date make them or break them?
Mala and Doug live parallel lives in high school. He is the next Michael Jordan and she could cure cancer. In college, however, they collide. Mala tutors Doug to stay on the team. He ignites her social life. An unlikely duo, their friendship raises eyebrows. Will they ever realize that they are perfect for each other?
Dinner with friends takes a dark turn and leads a retired jazz singer (Valerie Harper) suffering with Alzheimer's and her caregiver (Liz Torres) to a proverbial crossroads on the streets of East Los Angeles where they encounter The Girl (Harmony Santana) and the three very disparate -- desperate -- women pull each other back into the light.
An early childhood practice gave a formerly incarcerated man the opportunity to offer yoga classes to his fellow inmates. As a returning citizen, he's confronted with new personal and professional challenges.
Gabriella Barton, a recently discharged US Army Staff Sergeant, struggles with loss throughout her post-military life. Loss of purpose and place keep her from moving on and despite there being no more battles to fight, she keeps losing friends. Her only comfort in her haze are conversations with her adoptive brother and fellow veteran, Patrick.
A woman takes refuge in a strange house, only to find it inhabited by her worst fears.
The Real Moms pokes fun at the drama inside mom social circles, especially with those certain mom-types that we all know. The Real moms features an all-female cast (including 6 moms) and female Writer, Director, Assistant Director, Producer, and Director of Photography. Filmed in Salt Lake City, UT.
20 years after 9/11, everyone still remembers that day, especially these kids who were at PS 234 right by the Twin Towers.
An older Vietnamese woman tells how she came to be in Santa Fe.
Mother to a middle-schooler, Cate has suffered secondary infertility for years--and now finds herself pregnant again. Having long given up on her dream of having another child, she grapples with this new hope. But when Cate suffers a miscarriage, she finds herself in the shoes of countless women, silently grieving a life that will never be.
While waiting for the bus, a spirited young girl-- to the disapproval of her grandma-- befriends a familiar-seeming stranger after bonding over a small gift.
After struggling to conceive, newly pregnant Lilah takes on cravings, cribs, & crying in the middle of the night. Starring Sigi Ravet, who was 8 months pregnant when the film was shot.
A happy-go-lucky baker is thrown for a loop when an unexpected run-in leads her to a startling realization.
Weeks before giving birth to her first child, Dr. Anna Fisher is chosen for a mission to space. Although the decision to go is easy, Anna is faced with the difficult intersection of motherhood and ambition on the way to her dream.
Inspired by a true story, this short film is set in the 1980's and follows the NASA Mission Specialist who paved the way as the first mother in space.
Tracey made her signature sandwich. She wrapped, it, cared for it, placed it behind Stephanie's stinky tunafish sandwich in the office fridge. NOW IT'S GONE and no one in the office, not her boss, nor her best friend Brody, not even Human Resources lady has the time of day to advocate for Tracey's lunch. It's pure insult to go downstairs to the office cafeteria on the 17th floor where they won't take credit cards for anything under $10! How will Tracey's turkey wrap ever know how much it meant to her?
A young widower is forced to move back home and with the help of his family and friends, tries to get back into the dating game. A story of love, life, and rebirth.
A young black woman's journey to reclaim herself and find her joy through art.
A pet store cashier reveals a special talent to a customer who would be happier just buying his cat food.
“Black Tea” is a community engagement show that is focused on the racial disparages here in State College, Pennsylvania, as well as nationwide. This is meant to spark uncomfortable, but needed conversations with the hope to bring the community together. “When we talk we learn when we learn we grow.”
Jenn and Eddie are 2 friends navigating dating, social media and political correctness in a pandemic. It's "Curb your Enthusiasm" meets "Sex and the City."
Daisy Gates, a mom of two rowdy young boys, has a seemingly normal interaction with her kids that suddenly leads to a panic attack. Rattled by her own reaction, she tries to work through it in therapy, and in an awkward attempt to connect with her husband… but ultimately she begins to confront a past trauma with a man -- and how it is affecting her parenting of two young men in the making.
A young girl tries to be brave when her father disappears during a global pandemic.
Mike and Debbie Africa joined the MOVE Organization in 1974 with relatively light demonstrations against the city of Philadelphia in the interest to confront some societal ills. Their beliefs and activism put them in the cross hairs of the Philadelphia police and officials. By Your Side highlights how they maintained their relationship through the hardship of the Rizzo era, the 40 years they both spent in prison separated from each other, their children, families, and freedom. Mike and Debbie want to tell the story of their young lives, their hopes, dreams and fears- the story of their determination and commitment to never giving up.
Set in rural Indiana, Carrol Lynn is the story of a mother (CARROL LYNN) & daughter (JENNY), told in two different eras of their lives. In the present, Jenny sits with her mother in hospice during her final hours. Carrol Lynn reminisces about the past as she slips in & out of lucidity. Jenny tries to comfort her while dealing with her complex feelings toward her mother.
In the past, Carrol Lynn grapples with a strained relationship to her family and her own abusive tendencies. Jenny is forced to grow up in the wake of her mother’s whims. She has a seeming respite in her doting father Herbert, but things take an unexpected turn and life changes for all of them.
Check, Please is a comedic web series about a French immigrant who just moved to NY to pursue her American dream and starts working in a small chaotic restaurant. She will learn how to survive this urban jungle the hard way because serving in NYC is not an easy ride.
Clothed Minds is a documentary focusing on the effects that school dress code policies have on Black girls in the Washington DC public and charter school systems. Based on the report “Dress Coded: Black girls, bodies and bias in DC Schools” from the National Women’s Law Center.
At 16 years old Jeffrey Deskovic was convicted of the rape and murder of Angela Correa, a 15-year-old high school classmate. His fight for freedom sheds light on the shortcomings of the American justice system and is a testament to the human spirit.
A lost and grieving Elizabeth returns to work and courageously delivers one of the greatest performances of her life.
One woman faces her final obligation in her isolated, waning days among a post-apocalyptic world.
Throughout her life, the woods have provided Els Van Woert with inspiration and balance. It is why she loves trail running. Today, many of her adventures on the trail are spent with her 5-year-old daughter, Pippa. In a letter to Pippa, Els describes this relationship with the outdoors. But through her words, she also explores all that motherhood has taught her about being a woman, uncovering past scars, confronting fear, discovering vulnerability, and evolving her definition of bravery.
Shot in southern Vermont.
Patrick suffers from paranoid schizophrenia but was never diagnosed. A young woman with a strong faith tries to put things into perspective for him. Will it be too late?
Why would anyone over the age of twelve take up ballet? Four older dancers explain the importance of dance to their lives, and give us a sharp reminder of the need for art to survive.
A love story that leads to the creation of a family. Through love, loss, and determination, the definition of family is rewritten.
A girl begins a journey to find happiness and adventure. She finds love. This love allows two young people to mature through loss and have the opportunity to support each other when devastation strikes. The journey is exciting, sad, and beautiful.
This short film is a grass-roots social awareness documentary. The topic is the most common, yet unseen, and preventable disability in the United States: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD is more common than autism, down syndrome and spina bifida combined, yet the only one that is preventable. Why don't we all know about FASD? The blinders are pulled over our eyes because of intense alcohol lobbying to minimize the realities of alcohol's harm, the harmful stigma around alcohol consumption in pregnancy, and a 'mommy juice' promoting culture. When the lockdown happened in 2020, researchers documented a 41% increase in drinking among women in the US. We are facing an epidemic of developmental disability in our future unborn children, and this short documentary is a real-time reflection of how we can stop it. Prevention will take all of us working together and stepping into the light of FASD awareness.
An argument leads to a discovery.
A boy left alone to care for his brother during quarantine hides from his spying neighbor. When he finds himself in trouble, he must gather the courage to ask for help, finding it in an unlikely ally.
In a small town where relationships are everything,
a mysterious rigged vote sends the involved young citizens astir and [politically] against each other (sound familiar?),
threatening to dismantle the new community the Mayor-Architect has built.
In this semi auto biography, 15-year-old Shelly must decide whether to follow the example of her party-girl BFF or remain the good girl in order to please her father.
Best friends Jen and Sara discover they are not the only ones who fantasize dark fates for their spouses.
A documentary short film, "Imagemaker" was shot during a 13-year art residency of preparing the image of Goddess Kali for Kali Puja, a traditional Hindu ritual. Complemented by image-making process, archival sources, expert interviews, "Imagemaker" delves into an 80 year-old mystical and artistic tradition in Los Angeles, occasionally turning the lens on the artist and her experience with motherhood.
Life’s biggest burdens are sometimes held on the smallest shoulders.
Filmed in Fairburn, GA.
An anxious divorcée and a free-spirited wanderer form an unlikely friendship on the road to the West Coast and self-discovery.
What happens when you put a group of troubled (and often arrested) teen girls in a "therapeutic" boarding school with laudatory goals and a dysfunctional staff with a director who never lets ethics keep her down?
A man has asked his wife to stay with their family for one last weekend.
Owning your own business in New York City could be the perfect definition of the "American Dream'; but for Marcos, a baker, that dream can show many layers.
"Loss" is a collaborative indie film by Melanie de Reivich Silva and Hector Tapia Aguilar. It's a collection of moments and personal experiences. An interior search for answers, broken connections and lost loves. It's also a visual, editorial and audio experiment with unpublished footage filmed in 2013 and complemented in 2020.
"Because we are made of what we've loved and lost."
After dropping her daughter off at her ex-husband’s for Christmas, a loving Mom searches for joy in her absence.
Shunned by her mom crew without so much as a text, suburban mom Sam goes to great length to uncover the truth. Behaving more like a teen than a mom, Sam gets a serving of her own advice – from her 10 year old. Will she listen?
In additional to a successful crowd sourcing campaign, Mama Drama received a grant from Seed & Spark and ITV Fest to produce the film. It is the first film written and produced by Dina Drew Duva and Joelene Wolfe. Mama Drama has a cast of 10 females and 2 men, a female DP and was written, produced and edited by an all-female team.
A new mother finds a magical way to help her baby who is hospitalized in the NICU.
Juggling to raise her daughter and work from home, an inspiring "mompreneur" struggles to secure a flexible job.
After her fiancé becomes the latest face in the Black Lives Matter Movement, Conservative News Writer, Kandi Lewis, discovers and exposes the strategic methods of The New Jim Crow. Her dangerous mission attracts enemies in powerful places.
At home one night with their two young children, Ari and her wife Miriam face an existential threat.
Now What is a comedy/drama web series about a 20 something professional woman (Jazmine Hughes) who finds out she is unexpectantly pregnant and the night she is supposed to tell the father, he shocks her and breaks up with her before she has a chance to tell him! So Now What does she do!
The first season is 13 episodes and we go through a lot of Now What moments with Jazmine and her friends and family during this awkward time!
Its a series thats universal and people can relate to! It's a story of when the unexpected happens Now What" do you do!
A hijab wearing woman is the victim of mistaken identity thanks to a pregnant homeless woman who attracts the wrong kind of cop.
When Ali calls her boss to lie about being sick so she can take the day off, her six-year-old son busts her and insists on coming along.
"Our Feet Are Rooted" is a documentary about government sponsored land grabbing in Northern Uganda and the non-violent techniques community members are using to fight for their ancestral land.
On day 15 of a camping trip, young Julius longs to leave the great family adventure behind, but his parents struggle with the reality of their new normal.
Remotely Learning offers an intimate look at family dynamics and the extraordinary demands placed on women during the pandemic. Filmed almost entirely on mobile phones by moms in Texas, North Carolina and Massachusetts, the film captures who succeeds and who doesn’t when families “do school” from home.
In this documentary a group of mother's share their stories about self-care, what it looks like for them, the importance of it, and how they are trying to balance work/ life/home/friendships.
Basking in the sunny glow of Reagan's America, a group of 14-year-old girls jockey for power at a community swimming pool.
Slacker Mom. Too tired to care. Humorous how-to guides for moms who are just too exhausted to do anything, with episodes on baking, Halloween, holiday gifts, laundry, housekeeping, hosting a dinner party, school projects, and more!
SLACKER MOM was produced in part using a grant for the town of Dover, Vermont, the home of the Independent TV & Film Festival, which MomCave is a huge fan and yearly participant in.
When the end is inevitable, can you say goodbye?
An unnecessary encounter leads to a life changing moment.
Metanoia calls attention to the alarming rate of femicide in México and uses emotive movement to summon our collective courage to speak out against domestic violence wherever it occurs.
When there is a lockdown due to a pandemic, a teacher must overcome challenges in order to successfully work from home.
Whatta Lark follows childless children’s book author Megan Revere as she is forced to choose “will I or won’t I have kids” and turns to drag queen Whatta Lark for advice. If you're lucky, friendship can be a real drag...
Year One is an award-winning documentary about identity, postpartum depression, and the first year of motherhood made by new mom and Brooklyn filmmaker Erin Bagwell.
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