About this project
MAMA JANE is a dark comedy about a young woman, Katia, and her mother, Jane, reuniting and spending a night together in preparation to mourn an imminent death in the family.
Jane and Katia grapple with their feelings of loss for someone they never respected or even really liked. They reflect on their own relationship through an evening of alcohol and drug-infused laughter, tears, and supreme honesty.
This film will ask the questions: Do we get to choose what traits we inherit from our mother? Can we recognize and embrace those we admire and reject the ones we don’t? And ultimately, are we capable of changing old patterns before it reaches the next generation?
Here’s the special part: Mama Jane is a film about female characters told (almost exclusively) through the lens of female filmmakers.
The project will be produced by SLMBR PRTY, a network of women in commercial and film production that was inspired by the Women’s March on Washington.
This will be SLMBR PRTY’s first short film collaboration. These filmmakers include writer, director, producers, production designer, editor, colorist, sound designer and more.
As women, we see our relationships with our own mothers in this script and are dedicated to creating an authentic, honest, and thought-provoking film, that examines the complicated relationship that we all have with the woman that brought us into this world.
We are incredibly honored and excited to have cast Constance Shulman (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, DOUG, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES) in the title role of Mama Jane!
LISA MARIA HALL is a filmmaker based in Toronto, Ontario, she got her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film and Television. Her perspective as a filmmaker is shaped by carrying her camera with her wherever she goes. She has made films in Canada, Hong Kong, The Philippines, New York, and California. Since graduating Lisa has held a position in nearly every area of production giving her a unique perspective in filmmaking. She has directed numerous short films, a web series, music videos, a documentary, and most recently a full length television pilot.
Celsa Maria Hall, worked at an insurance company for 40 years and is now happily retired, kicking back by the lake in cottage country and enjoying really old scotch. Lisa and Celsa haven’t lived on the same continent for 10 years, but as of July 2017 they are officially reunited in a magical place full of moose, hockey, poutine and Justin Trudeau.
JENNY DONHEISER is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Drama at the Atlantic Acting School and Stonestreet Studios. She is a founding member and current ensemble member of the critically acclaimed theater company, Pipeline Theatre Company. She is also the graduate of both the Improv and Sketch programs at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade. She co-created the Webseries "Roomsies" and Sketch Groups “KliTit” and “Lady Products” which have been featured on several prominent comedy sites.
Joanne likes red wine, slot machines, teaching / translating Spanish, and would leave her family for Tom Petty.
SAMANTHA SCAFFIDI is a Manhattan based actress, independent film producer, and filmmaker. With a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Salve Regina University and a Certificate in Acting from the William Esper Studio, Samantha is deft in both the production and creative sides of the craft. Samantha has worked with top commercial clients such as Google, Deeplocal, Dior, and Netflix. She was a freelance producer on, “The And 2.0” and “Senior Orientation" for the Emmy Award winning interactive media company Skin Deep. Her main passion as a producer is creating narrative content. In this realm she has produced a feature film, six short films, as well as a music video. As an actress she has worked on over 40 productions. In January of 2017, Samantha attended the Women’s March on Washington where she directed her first project, the short film Documentary: This is America: The Women’s March on Washington, solidifying her move into directing
Roseanne is a secret artist. Though she never pursued her art, she is freakishly talented at illustration and photography.
KIRSTIN VANSKIVER is a producer based in New York City. She has produced commercial work for top brands and advertising agencies such as Google, Netflix, Dior, Buffalo Wild Wings, Deeplocal, and TBWA/Chiat/Day. She recently worked with FRONTLINE, the award-winning PBS documentary series, as a production manager for BETTING ON TRUMP: JOBS, a short documentary which aired on PBS Newshour. Kirstin is currently producing her first feature length narrative film written and directed by Javian Ashton Le (DASTAAR) as well as a feature-length documentary on grass-roots dirt track racing in upstate New York, directed by her husband, Tyson VanSkiver.
Barbara is a former flight attendant for Pan Am Airways, avid world traveler, and dedicated fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. Barbara passed down her love of traveling, wine, boxer puppies, and IKEA to Kirstin.
SARAH & LEAH DONNENBERG are (twin) sisters who both work as senior producers at New York ad agencies.
Sometimes they direct and produce side projects together including music videos for artists Rone, Kevin Andreas, and Animal Years.
SLMBR party was founded when Sarah met Kirstin and Sam through the hashtag #womenonset during the filming of Sam's short: This Is America: The Women's March On Washington. She's excited to be a part of this collaboration.
Leah is thrilled to be diving into the world of narrative filmmaking and is honored to be working with such talented women.
Sarah & Leah's mom:
Marilyn is a retired Assistant Principal for Baltimore County. She loves to let everyone know that she was Michael Phelp's Assistant Principal. She enjoys boxed wine, ironing, pool floats, a good deal and her grandchildren.
CONSTANCE SHULMAN Original cast of Steel Magnolias at the Lucille Lortel Theater, NY. Films: Fried Green Tomatoes, Men Don't Leave, Sweet and Lowdown, Reversal of Fortune. TV: voice of Patti Mayonnaise on Nickelodeon's/ABC Disney, DOUG; The Faculty, SVU, Broad City, Orange Is The New Black (three time SAG award for Best Ensemble in a comedy series). Co-producer of documentary, Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury (NY Times top ten docs of 2015). has just finished her first novel.
Proud mom of Ephraim and Gus. both actors.
Your support will help us fund the entire production! We need to pay for equipment rentals, insurance costs, location fees, and our cast and crew. Our goal of $15k is what it will take to produce a high quality short film in New York City.
Risks and challenges
Like any production, crew and talent availability is a challenge. The production requires a lot of hands, and in order to make the best product we will need to shoot during dates when the entire team is free. In order to help ease this risk we are scheduling our production around our celebrity talent's schedule, ensuring that she will be available. We are also shooting over a weekend which makes it easier for other crew to work around their regular shooting schedules.
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