Laura is a single mother struggling to maintain her own equilibrium while raising her frequently difficult son Jack. When Jack comes home from school one day with a story about his teacher, Mrs. Drake, locking him in a closet, Laura is thrown into a spiral of confusion and guilt—not knowing who to believe or where her responsibilities lie. "Mrs. Drake" is a story about blame, uncertainty, and the complexities of a flawed mother as she wrestles with her responsibilities as a parent. In the face of so many myths and fantasies about what society tells us what it means to be a perfect mother, this film is a meditation on the complexities of motherhood and the sense of failure that many women feel, but are afraid to articulate.
Run Time: 15 minutes
This movie will touch a nerve with anyone who is or has struggled through heartache to be a good parent.
We follow Laura, struggling to quiet the voices in her head and be the mother she wants to be. Her son Jack is a handful -- an energetic and impulsive boy. He comes home from school with a tall tale of being locked in a closet by his teacher, and all of Laura's doubts vanish for a short time. She strives to find the truth, and is confronted by her own shortcomings in the process.
The depth of character is what makes this movie unique -- Laura's emotional turmoil is palpable, her lack of confidence makes her very human. The teacher, Mrs. Drake is a bit of a mystery -- very direct and calls Laura out on some very big shortcomings on her part, blaming her for Jack's behavior.
It's a very human thing to want to protect your children, a very human thing to doubt yourself. Laura's story intertwines good intentions with perplexity in a beautiful portrait of the faltering nature of motherhood. After all, no child comes with an instruction manual.
Mrs Drake is a story about blame and responsibility and the ways in which we often long to make someone else accountable for darknesses in ourselves that we are unwilling to address. In the end, it almost doesn’t matter whether Mrs Drake is her enemy or ally, Laura just wants the teacher to share the burden of parenthood that weighs so heavily upon her- to not feel so alone in her guilt and shame. This film beautifully illustrates how, when we project blame in this way, it is an inevitably failed project. As Laura painfully discovers, ultimately no one else is responsible for her feelings of helplessness, and relief will only come from a frank confrontation with herself.
Director - Caitlin FitzGerald
Cinematographer - Eve Cohen
Writer - Kyle Warren
A lover of story-telling from a young age, Caitlin has approached filmmaking primarily as an actress, but more recently and excitedly as a writer and director. As an actor she has worked on all kinds of projects and on sets large and small. Her film credits include ‘It’s Complicated’ (Dir. Nancy Meyers), ‘Newlyweds’ and ‘The Fitzgerald Family Christmas’ (Dir. Ed Burns), ‘Taking Woodstock’ (Dir. Ang Lee), ‘Damsels in Distress’ (Dir. Whit Stillman), ‘Manhattan Romance’ (Tom O’Brien), ‘Adult Beginners’ (Ross Katz), and the up-coming features ‘Always Shine’, ‘This is Your Death,’ and ‘Mercy.’ Her television credits include ‘Blue Bloods,’ ‘Law and Order:SVU,’ ‘How to Make it in America,’ ‘Gossip Girl,’ and the role of Libby Masters in Showtimes acclaimed series ‘Masters of Sex.’ in 2011 Caitlin co-wrote and starred in ‘Like the Water,’ an independent feature that she made along with a group of six incredibly talented female friends. In 2014 she wrote and directed the short film ‘The Girl with the Jacket,’ which she shot in and around New York City. Caitlin learned about storytelling at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
Eve M. Cohen is an award winning cinematographer whose work ranges from independent feature films to reality TV and documentaries, and most recently cinematic Virtual Reality. Eve just finished post-production on the feature film “Be Somebody” (dir. Joshua Caldwell) where she was the first cinematographer to use the C300MKii with PL mount lenses in December 2015. She has also filmed a variety of projects for A+E, MTV, Sundance, Lifetime and History, and is currently working on films for VICE, CNN and ESPN. Her most recent Virtual Reality project “The Visitor” (dir. James Kaelan) is currently appearing at select film festivals. Eve was the director of photography of the truly independent film “Like The Water” (dir. Caroline von Kuhn) which was the catalyst for the creation of crowdfunding and distribution platform Seed&Spark. Eve is co-founder at Seed&Spark where they believe the art of storytelling is about expanding imagination, shining a light on a world inside and deepening empathy for the world outside.
Kyle is a playwright and television writer living in Los Angeles. His work has been presented at the Roundabout Theater, the Williamstown Theater Festival, and New York Theater Workshop, among others. He was a fellow in the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group as well as the Warner Bros. Television Writers Workshop. He is currently writing for Fox's upcoming show Lethal Weapon.