There are films that entertain and films that make a difference. Some do both.
‘My Mom and the Girl’, written, directed and produced by Susie Singer Carter (‘Soul Surfer’ and ‘Bratz’), comes with an important mission: to change the conversation about Alzheimer’s. By all accounts, it is succeeding. Oscar qualified in 2018, My Mom and The Girl is a short film with a long list of things going for it that includes Valerie Harper in her first starring role since her cancer diagnosis 5 years ago. Ms. Harper delivers an authentic portrayal in a true story that resonates across generations and cultures, making them laugh and filling them with hope at the same time. My Mom and the Girl is a heartwarming, uplifting, true story based on an odd encounter that an East Coast woman (Valerie Harper) has one night on the streets of East L.A. The former singer now suffering from Alzheimer’s, escapes after a dinner party through the capricious streets of East Los Angeles to find her way home. With her watchful caregiver (Liz Torres) in tow, their brief but colorful sojourn leads to an encounter with The Girl (Harmony Santana), a character with an unexpected narrative. The chance meeting proves to have a profoundly positive effect on three very disparate, desperate, women when the young transgender woman’s despair disenfranchises the tight grip Alzheimer’s has on the woman making way for her fearless and sardonic humor to reappear and turn their urban adventure into a funny, poignant and surprisingly rich story.
My Mom and The Girl manages to shed light on the periphery, express triumph over tragedy, and allow audiences to walk away with more courage, a new perspective, feeling inspired, hopeful, connected and incredibly entertained.
My Mom and The Girl has dynamic alliances with both Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles and UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and has its premiere on Sunday, May 13th with a special Mother’s Day showing of ‘My Mom and the Girl’ on ShortsTV, and is available for streaming on iTunes (https://apple.co/2rv39wo), Amazon Prime, and Google Play.
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