This is an exploration into the varied and complex transformations of early motherhood.
This film follows Naomi as she navigates early motherhood, inspired to create a safe online community for other parents to share and find support. Her anecdotes branch out into various themes, guided by interviews with authors, bloggers and academics. In this film, we will delve deep into the shift that occurs when one becomes a mother – split into two, but capable of extraordinary transformation. What is it that happens when a child is born? Connection. Anxiety. Joy. Isolation. Community. Unconditional love. We don't come looking for answers but for diverse experiences. Expectations of mothers to be; perspectives of those in the state of mothering. It's time to come together and normalize this conversation – to both celebrate this profound experience and build on it's challenges.
We are passionate about storytelling, compelled to capture arresting visuals to reveal compelling stories. Some of us have worked together for years, others it will be our first time; we are building the dream team to create this film.
Naomi is a mother of two living in East Vancouver. She has a career as a research coordinator, and has built a unique online and offline "trans-inclusive, gender fluid, and genderqueer space" for parents to connect and support one another. This remarkable community brings friends and strangers together at a crucial time in their lives where everything seems as if it's in flux – basically it comes "with a healthy sense of sarcasm and desire to connect with others without making anyone feel shitty." Something that can feel rare in this often vulnerable time of life.
As the founder and owner of a Montessori pre-school in East Vancouver, and a mother of 2 (+1 on the way), Brenda has a specific understanding of the huge emotional shift that comes with the transition into motherhood – from interpersonal relationships, to early stages of children's behavior, to personal growth and development as a mother.
Shortly after Tracy had her baby, she started "Raised Good", a website dedicated to supporting people in their parenting journey, offering sound and scientifically backed advice – "a place to offer support and community, free from judgment."
Leanne is the Vice President for Planning, Policy and Compliance at the University of Albany. She has had a very close relationship with motherhood and the workplace – much of her work life has been "guided by thematic strands, the interwoven demands of career, education and motherhood pulling at one another, each in some way guiding her next steps."
Pulling on the local community for stories, this film will bring relevancy to both place and subject matter.
Interviews will take place in the intimate space of people's homes, outside (parks, nature), and location-specific areas (ie: doctor office if story relevant). Allowing the viewer the space to relate and take in the details of the stories that are shared.
Sharing these stories of transformation, on all levels, can inspire compassion and honest communication in the larger community of parents, non-parents, caregivers, and more.
The audience for this piece is as varied as the subjects. Yes, it's about early motherhood, but it's hard not to relate to that on some level. Ideally, it goes far and wide, sparking the conversation that seems to be missing. But locally, it could be watched by mothers, mother's mothers, parents, caregivers, friends of mothers...