Part of SFFILM Festival
Upscale Oakland couple Sara and Billy’s decision to hire a surrogate to birth their second child creates ripples in their marriage and in the relationships around them. In particular, Billy’s best friend Margaret (Erin Daniels, The L Word) is bemused by his preoccupation with fatherhood and wonders about her own aversion to being a mom. She and her partner Jen (a mother herself) are thrown for a further loop when Sara and Billy ask them to serve as godparents. Amy Glazer’s smart dramedy, adapted from Patricia Cotter’s play The Surrogate, blends laughs with sharp observations on just what constitutes a family, the politics of procreation, and the way life’s milestones impact marriages and friendships. Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland) is a standout as the wry grandmother who questions the ethics of surrogacy.
Amy Glazer began her career in theater, directing plays in the San Francisco Bay Area and serving as an Associate Artist at Magic Theatre and Associate Artistic Director of SF Playhouse. She made her screen directing debut with Drifting Elegant (2006) and went on to make Seducing Charlie Barker (Festival 2010) and Kepler’s Dream (2016).
Director Amy Glazer
Producer Lynn Webb
Writer Patricia Cotter
Editor Rick LeCompte
Cinematographer Jim Orr
Music Tom Disher, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Bishop
Cast Wendie Malick, Erin Daniels, Louis Ozawa Changchien