STARRING: Mark Harrison, Thea Gill, Cindy Pickett
DIRECTOR: Maria Breaux
Mother Country follows a young African-American man, Dwight Porter, an unwilling criminal on the run. After committing murder, Dwight grows remorseful and leaves his environment with a goal: walk across the United States in search of a former teacher, the one person who believed in him.
Breaux, a San Francisco tech writer and Stanford graduate, shot her film – a drama about a young gang member on a road trip of self-discovery after he accidentally shoots an innocent girl – in 21 days across four states. The film debuted in July at the American Black Film Festival in Miami Beach. “We’ve […]
It’s mid-morning on Memorial Day, and Maria Breaux is calling from El Paso. Deep in the heart of production on Mother Country, she’s got half an hour to chat while her crew packs up the caravan– two cars and a van – for the trip to Albuquerque. “We drove from San Francisco to Austin in three […]
Written and directed by Maria Breaux, Mother Country bravely traverses a minefield of race and class issues while sidestepping cliché. She and the film manage to emerge miraculously intact. Dwight Porter (Thomas Galasso) gets caught up in gang violence in Austin. He escapes the heat by embarking on an unscheduled (and highly unorthodox) road trip to California […]