MOTHER Short Films


A young dancer from a Rio de Janeiro favela finds acceptance through their vogueing family, the art of Ballroom, and their relationship with their vogueing mother, Makayla.

Part of Shorts Program 2

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Kate Stonehill is a multiple award-winning director raised in London and New York whose work explores power, identity and citizenship in the digital age. She experiments with form in her films, playing with genre conventions to investigate truth. Her work has screened internationally at film festivals and galleries including the BFI London Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Institute for Contemporary Art and DOC NYC. Her Grierson and RTS award-winning film FAKE NEWS FAIRYTALE was included in the BFI’s season Born Digital: Raised by the Internet and exhibited in the group show Digital Citizenship: The Precarious Subject at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Kate’s work has been nominated for craft awards for Writing and Cinematography from the Royal Television Society. She frequently shoots films for Channel 4 News and leads a cinematography course for women filmmakers at the National Film and Television School.

Jas Pitt works internationally as a director, with many of her films focusing on stories in Latin America. Her films look at the role of imagination in real stories and experiment with the boundaries of the documentary genre. Pitt started out as a documentary filmmaker working for NGO’s and aid organizations around the world and studied directing on an MA at the National Film and Television School. Her most recent film, ABRÁZAME, looks at the imaginative worlds of three children growing up inside a Bolivian prison. It has screened internationally and picked up a number of awards including Best Short Documentary (Cine Las Americas International Film Festival) and Best Director (FMWB), and the film was nominated for an IDA award in December 2018. Over the last year Pitt has been working between London and Rio de Janeiro shooting MOTHER and working as a documentary cinematographer.

Sorcha Bacon
Try Hard Films
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Country: UK

Year: 2019

Directors: Jas Pitt, Kate Stonehill

Producers: Sorcha Bacon, Lua Guerreiro

Executive Producer: Erica Edwards

Directors of Photography: Jas Pitt, Kate Stonehill

Editor: Nse Asuquo

Music: Pablo Scopinaro

Featuring: Makayla Sabino, Lucas Brainer, Kill Bill, Luky, Chocolate, Maju, Blue, Gustavo

Running Time (minutes): 21 MIN

Language: Portuguese