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Sundance 2023 Movies Not to Miss - Earth Mama by Director Savanah Leaf

Updated: Jan 31, 2023

The Sundance Film Festival 2023 is upon us! We're usually in Park City, covering the festival in person! We have covered it over 8 times!! But unfortunately we couldn't make it there this year. That doesn't mean we can't cover it, Virtually. Over the next week, we will be promoting some of our TOP Picks for #Sundance2023. Our first pick - Earth Mama!!


Former Olympian Athlete Savanah Leaf's Exquisitely Made Debut Film About A Struggling Mother Trying to Do Best For Her Kids

WORLD PREMIERE!! Earth Mama had it's World Premiere at Sundance 2023 on Sunday, January 20th at the Library Center Theatre at 11am (Central Time). (More times listed below)

It will be distributed by A24 -

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Short Plot:

A pregnant single mother, with two children in foster care, embraces her Bay Area community as she fights to reclaim her family.

Gia is a young mother fighting for her children. Her son and daughter are in foster care, and now her unborn child could also be taken away. Struggling to work enough hours with court-mandated classes, she’s barely making ends meet. Gia loves her children unconditionally, but how will she give them the future they deserve?

Savanah Leaf’s directorial feature debut is an intimate depiction of a mother’s fear and love. Leaf’s elegant visual language interjects lush visions of hope and visceral manifestations of Gia’s deepest fears into her everyday life. Moving performances root the film in authenticity, including that of newcomer Tia Nomore, whose Gia is tender, conflicted, and layered. The warm texture of the film envelops us in Gia’s reality, while a knowing score smiles at the beauty of everyday moments.

Between the backdrops of Gia’s counseling classes and portrait studio job, Leaf crafts a story that redefines perspectives and asks us to bear witness — to vulnerability and the desire to be seen. Leaf’s permeating vision brings fullness and complexity to Gia, reclaiming her humanity and honoring the different forms love can take.

Premiere - Friday, Jan 20, 9am MST - Library Center Theatre

P/I - Friday, Jan 20, 9:30pm MST - Holiday II

Monday, Jan 23, 8:30am MST - Egyptian Theatre

DIRECTOR: Savanah Leaf

STARRING: Tia Nomore, Erika Alexander, Doechii, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Dominic Fike, Bokeem Woodbine

PRODUCERS: Cody Ryder, Shirley O’Connor, Medb Riordan, Sam Bisbee, Savanah Leaf

CO-PRODUCER: Danielle Massie

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jim Wilson, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord, Simon Cooper, Christine D’Souza Gelb, Cameron Washington, David Kimbangi, Ben Coren


For Tickets, and more information about Earth Mama, check out their page on the Sundance Film Festival Website here:


A little more about Director Savanah Leaf - She is 29 yrs old and has transitioned from being an Olympic British Volleyball Player (2012 Summer Olympics) to an Award-Winning Film Director and Photographer.

Her directorial work includes music videos for Gary Clark, Jr.'s single This Land (Grammy Award for Best Music Video nominee), "What About Us" and Common song, "HER Love".

For more information on Savanah, Check out her IMDB page here:

What are they saying on Twitter about Savanah Leaf's Earth Mama - Sundance 2023


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