The Mother Wound

Caught in the middle of the ongoing tension between her sister and Mother, Kat struggles to keep the peace and cope with her own mother wound.

  • Erica Rowley
    Writer
  • Erica Rowley
    Director
  • Jacqueline Fowers
    Director of Photography (Cinematographer)
  • Calvin Rowley
    Producer
  • Quinci Staker
    Kat (Lead Actress)
  • Charla Bocchicchio (Cochran)
    Mom
  • Stevie Dutson
    Jewel
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    31 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    4,960 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD, 1080x1920, 24 fps
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • University of Utah Spring Showcase
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    United States
    May 14, 2016
    Most Promising Second Film to Come
  • Private Cast and Crew Screening
    Ogden, Utah
    United States
    April 15, 2017
  • Utah Film Festival and Awards
    Provo, Utah
    United States
    April 7, 2018
    Nominated for best short film director and best film with a budget under $5,000
Director Biography - Erica Rowley

As a writer and director with a background in psychology, Erica has a passion for creating resonating stories with strong parallels to reality that highlight relationships, mental illness, and female leads. She often employs themes of non-conformity, using symbolism to express deeper meanings and tends to mix drama, even tragedy, with comedy. In creating her first film, The Mother Wound, she not only found a love for directing, but also a love for producing and coordinating the operations on set. 
Erica spent her childhood in the small towns of both Utah and Colorado. She is often drawn to nature and has spent the last two years as a photographer traveling the country in an RV with her cat and husband, publishing articles in travel magazines. But, screenwriting is what she is ultimately drawn to and she is currently working on the script for her next project. Just before graduating at the top of her class in film, she was awarded as the director with the most promising film to come after showing The Mother Wound at the University of Utah Spring Film Showcase. She was then nominated for best director of a short film and best film with a budget under $5000, both for The Mother Wound at the Utah Film Festival. 

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Director Statement

This was a significant film for me to make not only because of my personal experiences, but because I feel that many women can relate. Women are often pressured to become mothers and are also expected to act only feminine, nurturing, or docile. In doing so we tend to sacrifice a piece of ourselves. Media adds to the issue, often portraying women as unflawed, bubbly, or just overall mothering. We are rarely given opportunities to express the many other sides of ourselves which can lead to feelings of resentment and even regret in our lives. These bottled emotions seep out in damaging ways, mother-daughter relationships being one of them. The intricacies of these relationships are often overlooked in our society, yet they can be the most destructive. I wanted to create something that gave light to these wounds; I wanted to make something real.