Small Strokes

SHORT FILM

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.

 

SCREENINGS

2021 Charlotte Film Festival

2021 Montana Film Festival

2022 California Women's Film Festival

2022 Big Muddy 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

AWARDS

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

Film Pipeline - Finalist

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

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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.

Meet The Team

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Cat Dale

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Writer, Director, & Producer

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Alexa Alberda

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Producer

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Hallie Swaine

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Director of Photography

Meet The Cast

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Amber Rose Mason

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as Wildcat

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Nnamdi Kanaga

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as Reverend Lewis

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Tonya Andrews

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as Janet

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Jenna Ciralli

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as Nurse B****

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Mark Kuntz

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as Doctor D***

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Tom Watson

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as Miles

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Austen Cobb

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as Eddie Lincoln