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Writer: Risa Mickenberg | Director: Marianna Palka | Producers: Alysia Reiner, Michele Ganeless, David Alan Basche | Editor: Sophie Corra | Composer: Jamie Jackson | Cinematographer: Zelmira Gainza | Cast: Christina Hendricks, Alysia Reiner, Anna Camp, David Alan Basche, Gbenga Akinnagbe | USA / 2018 / 90 min
About the Film
Two former art school friends, Karen (Christina Hendricks, Mad Men) and Tina (Alysia Reiner, Orange Is the New Black) reunite in Marianna Palka’s satirical chamber piece exploring motherhood, personal freedom, and social expectations. Karen, eight months pregnant and married to a successful developer, took a different life path than Tina, a conceptual artist recently engaged to her partner. Emotions run high when Tina reveals her latest project—surrogate parenthood as performance art—and things get even more tense when her surrogate arrives.
About the Filmmakers
Risa Mickenberg writes for film, theater, and television. She is the author of the best-selling book Taxi Driver Wisdom, and has published short fiction in many magazines including Vice and The Baffler. She has won a Pushcart Prize for fiction and has been awarded fellowships with The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. She is the lyricist and singer for the critically acclaimed cabaret band “Jesus H Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse,” and was a member of the BMI Lehman-Engel Musical Theater Lyricists’ Workshop. On the side, she’s created national campaigns for Snapple, Whole Foods Market, Evian, Nike, Volvo, Kate Spade, Target, and Jaguar.
Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, Marianna Palka moved to New York City at age 17 to study at the Atlantic Theater Company. A writer, director, and actor, Palka’s work has screened at Sundance, the Edinburgh Film Festival, and the Austin Film Festival, and she has also directed music videos for Moby and for Rain Phoenix’s band, Papercranes.