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American Parent

Country: United States, Language: English, 68 mins

  • Director: Emily Railsback
  • Writer: Doreen Bartoni, Emily Railsback
  • Producer: Doreen Bartoni, Caro Posse

CGiii Comment

Emily Railsback’s sophomore feature opens on a painfully familiar scene. Elsie, a university lecturer, is talking desperately to a series of blacked-out ‘off-camera’ avatars. In the background, her wife Bette soothes their crying baby. Excited to get back to work, Bette soon finds out that her job at a theatre has just been eliminated and so is dependent on Elsie’s academic income. This raises age-old philosophical questions: how much should one compromise for another in the name of the family? And how does one keep that elusive ‘spark’ alive in the midst of global and personal crises? Directed with intimacy by Railsback, American Parent will have you laughing out loud then holding your breath – all in the same minute.

Rhianna Ilube


American Parent - Trailer from Emily Railsback on Vimeo.

Cast & Characters

Kristen Bush (as Elsie)
Peggy Roeder (as Aunt Faith)
Brett Walkow
Kolesa Moore (as Jasmine)
Rebecca Ridenour (as Bette)
Danny Dwaine Wells II (as Bob)
Liz Sharpe
Kristi Alsip
Angelicque Cate (as Woman)