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EARTH MAMA Trailer: A Single Mother Fights for Her Children in Breakout Sundance Hit

One of the biggest accomplishments to come out of the Sundance Film Festival this year was Olympian-turned-director Savannah Leaf’s Earth Mama. A late addition to the festival, it captured audiences’ hearts with an authentically-told story of a young single black mother (newcomer Tia Nomore) in the Bay Area fighting the system to take back her family, while expecting her third child. It was also the opening night film for New Directors/New Films back in early spring. The rest of the cast includes Erika Alexander (Get Out), rapper Doechii, Dominic Fike (Euphoria), Keta Price, Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Dune), and Bokeem Woodbine (The Inspection).

Here’s an official synopsis from A24:

With two children in foster care, Gia, a pregnant single mother pitted against the system, fights to reclaim her family. In her close-knit Bay Area community, she works to make a life for herself and her kids, in this singular debut feature from filmmaker Savanah Leaf.

Earth Mama received overwhelmingly positive reviews at Sundance, with praise in particular for Leaf capturing the raw reality lower-class single mothers go through, and Nomore’s heartfelt performance in her first on-screen performance. It was also shot in pristine 16mm by cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes (Manchester By The Sea). A24 bought the rights to the film prior to its world premiere, and will release it on Friday, July 7.

See the trailer and poster below.


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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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