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by Celia Rowlson-Hall
In collaboration with the Tribeca Film Festival
World Premiere, First Feature
United States, 2015, 85', color, DCP

Celia Rowlson-Hall
Ian Bloom
Iva Radivojevic
Brian McOmber
art direction
Jen Dunlap
Allison Pearce

Celia Rowlson-Hall (Ma)
Kentucker Audley (Policeman)
Matt Lauria (Cowboy)
Andrew Pastides (Daniel)
Michelle Perks (Maid)
Amy Seimetz (Misti)
Peter Vack (Priest)

Aaron Schnobrich
Lauren Smitelli
executive producers
Riel Roch Decter
Sebastian Pardo
Neal Bledsoe
Karl Kister
Overall Pictures

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In this modern-day vision of Mother Mary's pilgrimage, a woman crosses the scorched landscape of the American Southwest. Reinvented and told entirely through movement, the film playfully deconstructs the role of this woman, who encounters a world full of bold characters that are alternately terrifying and sublime. Ma is a journey into the visceral and the surreal, interweaving ritual, performance, and the body as sculpture. The absence of dialogue stirs the senses, and leads us to imagine a new ending to this familiar journey. The virgin mother gives birth to our savior, but is also challenged to save herself.
"Ma is a story that came out of me in a subconscious form. In writing and making this movie, I pressed my ear to the ground, I wanted to listen and extract what all those women dead in the earth had to say. I set out to tell their untold stories. What I discovered after completing the film was that I had made something so essential to my own growth as a woman." [Celia Rowlson-Hall]

CELIA ROWLSON-HALL graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Modern Dance and Choreography. She immediately moved to New York on a fellowship from the Lincoln Center for choreography and also began her career as a professional dancer, earning a prestigious Bessie Award for her performance. She quickly moved into choreographing for film and television, working with directors such as Gaspar Noé and Lena Dunham. Bringing her experience of choreography and performance to the screen, over the past few years Celia has written and directed over fifty short films and videos. These videos have garnered several awards including an Emmy nomination: all achievements that have prompted Filmmaker Magazine to call Rowlson-Hall one of the 25 new faces of independent film in 2015. Ma marks her feature directorial debut.

2015 Ma
2013 Gray Dog (short)
2012 Si Nos Dejan (short)
2012 The Audition (short)
2010 Prom Night (short, co-directed by Jae Song)



01/09/2015 h 14:30Perla
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