Mother’s Little Helpers Trailer From Filmmaker Kestrin Pantera
Written and directed by star Kestrin Pantera (Let’s Ruin It with Babies), Mother’s Little Helpers is a dark family comedy that directly relates to what the world is experiencing right now. The film, which had its world premiere at SXSW 2019, essentially became an “accidentally relevant quarantine comedy.” Initially planned to release theatrically with Alamo Drafthouse in LA/NYC, Mother’s Little Helpers is available now on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as On Demand everywhere including iTunes and Amazon along with all cable providers. You can check out the trailer below and grab your copy here!
The ethos behind the project is no tragedy is so dark that we can’t find something to laugh at, and nothing is so great that we can’t forget we’re completely fucked.
The movie was inspired by the real life, death, and lies of the director’s father-in-law, who was a rock n’ roll backstage drug dealer. The story came about after Pantera was trapped in a house with her extended family when they went home to Texas to do right by a parent who always did them wrong. The family was stuck in purgatory for weeks awaiting an inevitable end they had no control over. They didn’t know how or when it would stop, just that they had to be in this house together.
The family descends upon their lockdown house from different parts of the country, of different generations, with vast chasms betwixt political and religious beliefs. Minds are lost. Love is made. Someone dies. Phone calls are equal parts obstacle and salvation. Much like the world right now. The movie is “about surviving isolation with your family while dealing with grief in humourous and unexpected ways,” says Pantera.
Mother’s Little Helpers, helmed by all-female department heads, stars Pantera, Breeda Wool (Mr. Mercedes), Milana Vayntrub (This Is Us), Sam Littlefield (Batwoman), David Giuntoli (A Million Little Things, Grimm), Melanie Hutsell (Lady Dynamite), and Cool Benson (Texas Heart).
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