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Rachel drops a truth bomb on her Mom over a long-distance call.
Director Biography - Mariah Owen
Mariah Owen is a retired world champion athlete turned award-winning actress, filmmaker, cartoonist and entrepreneur from Toronto. She founded her production company, GTE Productions, at the age of 21 and has been called “The Youngest EP in Hollywood” by numerous outlets. Most recently, she produced SXSW-darling feature M.F.A. and Daddy’s Playground (Mammoth FF ‘19). In 2020, she produced, acted & released Pamela & Ivy, an origin story for Gotham City's legendary super-villain - Poison Ivy starring Eric Roberts and directed by Leah McKendrick. Recently, she executive produced Canada’s largest festival for web series and podcasts; T.O. Webfest; held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The emerging powerhouse has been called a “tour de force from the indie film industry” (Broadway World) and “one of Canada’s most impressive young producers” (Indiescreen) ! In addition, her directorial debut music video for Common Deer’s song Glass (Redux) was called “divine” (Indie88). She has been lucky to work with some of the biggest names in the biz such as Eastwood and Roberts, and for some of the largest brands; EA Sports, NHL, UGG, Yamaha to name a few, and on projects that spark conversations around the globe. To connect online: @mariahowen. Director Statement The relationship we have with our parents is one that will remain with us for the rest of our lives. Even the greatest of relationships have their boundaries, breaking points and tribulations. One of the most profound, confusing and difficult moments you will experience in life is the realization that your parents are real people too and that “grown-ups” don’t have all of the answers. These differences of opinion are often discovered and met with hegemonic resistance through conversations surrounding a variety of topics, especially mental health. I wanted to write something that highlighted the generational discrepancies surrounding mental health, and how we often choose to hide our struggles as a way to love, support and save our relationships with our families. We shot this short film entirely in quarantine with myself in Toronto and Nahanni Johnstone in the Atlanta area during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hope to screen at your festival and hopefully start a conversation surrounding mental health at your own dinner table. Thank you for your time & consideration.