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Earth Mama (2023)

Opens on July 28

Director: Savanah Leaf Run Time: 97 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2023

Starring: Doechii, Dominic Fike, Erika Alexander, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Tia Nomore

Country: United States, United Kingdom
Language: English

About the film:

World Premiere, 2023 Sundance Film Festival
Opening Night selection, New Directors/New Films 2023
Audience Award winner, San Francisco International Film Festival 2023

Gia is a young mother fighting for her children. Her son and daughter are in foster care, and now her unborn child could also be taken away. Struggling to work enough hours with court-mandated classes, she’s barely making ends meet. Gia loves her children unconditionally, but how will she give them the future they deserve?

“Learn the names Savanah Leaf, first-time feature filmmaker, and Tia Nomore, first-time feature actress, right now, because their debut film “Earth Mama” is a shimmering stunner”

—Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire

The film went on to receive two nominations for the 2024 Independent Spirit Awards – Best First Feature and Best Breakthrough Performance (Tia Nomore).

About the filmmaker:

Savanah Leaf has transitioned from 2012 Olympian to accomplished director and photographer whose work weaves art and creativity with a deep humanity and poignant social commentary. Her first feature film Earth Mama (2023) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, and won the Audience Award at SFFILM. Her music video “This Land” for Gary Clark Jr. was nominated for Best Music Video at the 2020 Grammys. Her recent short film The Heart Still Hums (2020) screened at DOC NYC and earned Best Documentary Short at BlackStar Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival and Best Documentary at Palm Springs ShortFest. Leaf’s experience as part of the Great Britain Volleyball team gives her a unique insight into the work of an athlete competing at the highest level, and she has applied this skillset to successful collaborations with Nike, Adidas, and Fila, among others.

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