Directed by Caitlin FitzGerald
This film features a superb performance from Rachel Fowler as Laura, an overworked single mother. Laura struggles to maintain her sanity while dealing with her frequently problematic son, Jack. One night, Jack tells Laura that during the day his teacher, Mrs. Drake, locked him in a closet during recess. Laura is thrown into a spiral of confusion and guilt—not knowing what to believe or where her responsibility lies. “Mrs. Drake” is a story about blame, uncertainty, and the complexities of a flawed mother as she wrestles with her responsibilities as a parent. In the face of so many myths and fantasies about what society tells us it means to be a perfect mother, this film is a meditation on the complexities of motherhood and the sense of failure that many women feel, but are afraid to articulate.
Caitlin FitzGerald is an actress, director and writer. As an actress her film credits include ‘It’s Complicated’, ‘Newlyweds’ and ‘The Fitzgerald Family Christmas’, ‘Taking Woodstock’, ‘Damsels in Distress’, ‘Manhattan Romance’, ‘Adult Beginners’, and the up-coming features ‘Always Shine’, ‘This is Your Death,’ and ‘A Little Something for Your Birthday.’ Her television credits include ‘New Girl,’ and the role of Libby Masters in Showtimes acclaimed series ‘Masters of Sex.’ Caitlin co-wrote and starred in the independent feature ‘Like the Water.’ She has directed two short films, ‘The Girl with the Jacket’, and ‘Mrs Drake.’ Caitlin’s training includes New York University’s Tisch School and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Julia Butler, Daniel Mentz / Arts In Film, Independent / World Cinema features / United States / 2016 / Drama, Senior/Aging, Youth / 88 minsNeglected by her family, Fall, an eclectic elder with good intentions but extreme measures, finds little companionship in our hyper-busy world. When she comes across Adam, a young street musician selling his keyboard, she buys it on a whim under the pretense of wanting to learn piano. Suspicious and wary, Adam agrees to teach her and quickly finds himself captured in an unsteady home with one feisty yet compassionate lady. Loaded with heart and grace, Slipaway features fine performances by Elaine Partnow and Jesse Pepe.
Preceded by: Mrs Drake