Friday, June 7, 2019

My Million Dollar Mom

This superb short features a middle-aged son, Ross, and his aging Mom Shirley as they struggle to reconcile his dream of running for Congress with her needs as a sufferer of dementia. Writer and producer Ross Schriftman, who essentially plays himself in a role that is at least somewhat autobiographical—we will have to wait for the Q&A to get the back story—possesses a deeply impressive sense of character, story and detail, and when combined with many thoughtful choices in production and direction, the film is thoroughly engrossing.

And impactful. The ending lands hard but in an introspective way, bringing a man full circle as he grapples with who he is and what he really wants to accomplish in life. It's a worthwhile story to tell, indeed. You can watch the trailer here: My Million Dollar Mom