Mary Todd Lincoln, who is committed to an insane asylum by her last living relative, tries to prove her sanity with the help of a medium and her dead son. Based on true events.
2022 California Women's Film Festival
2022 Women's Comedy Film Festival Atlanta
2022 Maryland Film Festival
2022 Harlem International Film Festival
2022 Nevada's Women Film Festival
2022 Wyoming International Film Festival
2022 Women's Comedy Film Festival Chicago
2022 GRRL Haus // Lakeside Film Festival - Germany
2022 Hudson Valley Film Festival
2022 Montana International Film Festival
2022 Imagine This Women's International Film Festival
2022 Seattle Film Summit
2022 The Women's Film Festival
2022 The Soho London Independent Film Festival
2023 Santa Monica International Film Festival
Indie Film Festival - Grand Jury Award Best Film in Festival
Soho London Independent Film Festival - Best Actress Winner
Seattle Film Summit - Best Short Film Winner
Flickers' Rhode Island Film Festival - Semifinalist
Wyoming International Film Festival - Nominated Best Director
Nevada Women's Film Festival - Nominated for Best Short Film
Harlem International Film Festival - Best Short Short Film Winner
Women's Comedy Film Festival / Chicago - Nominated for Best Director, Cinematography, & Production
Women's Comedy Film Festival / Atlanta - Nominated for Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Best Comedy Film
Fade In Biopic - Semifinalist
Austin Arthouse Film Festival - Semifinalist
Charlotte Film Festival - Honorable Mention in Production Design, Soundtrack, and Overall Film
Semifinalist - WeScreenplay Shorts Competition
Top 100 Historical Scripts - International Screenwriting Association
Quarterfinalist - The Script Lab
Coverfly Red List
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
The concept is unique. The writer expertly digs into a notable character from American history that is less explored than her famous counterpart. This is a great read that takes what some may consider niche subject matter and makes it globally accessible.
Wildcat's dialogue has a kind of logic, an energy and a cadence, that allows people to arrive in triumph at the ends of sentences that almost feel like a verbal crescendo which simultaneously pulls us deeper into the world and characters.
The beginning of this film is brilliant. I absolutely loved the editing and the music design. It captivated me from the start. Breaking the fourth wall effectively is not such an easy task, but Amber Rose Mason did a wonderful job as the director knew very well what she wanted out of this character. The selection of music, costume design, and cinematography was impeccable. Period films, especially independent ones, tend to fall short in details, but the art direction is a delight.
Part of what I find compelling here is that grief, in so many ways, is a form of memory - like the thoughts, feelings, and emotions in one's body cannot let go of the pain of losing someone and the pain itself becomes a remnant of things past. This is why the seance, and Wildcat's search for both her sanity and closure, is so compelling and almost brilliant. The very act itself is beautifully metaphorical - the only way out of pain is through it - and thus the ending of the script feels of a whole new beginning.
The film’s whip-smart dialog engages and keeps the viewer on their toes, as scenes go from her bedroom to “tea” making by a nurse to a wacky doctor’s office to the séance with Reverend Lewis...sets the tone for this tongue-in-cheek film very nicely. To highlight the treatment of women believed to be insane in such a brief film is a big accomplishment. To do it with a clever and witty script like this makes for good viewing.