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SFFILM Festival

Earth Mama

Directed by Savanah Leaf

USA | 100

14 Apr
Fri, Apr 14, 2023 at 8:00 pm PT
15 Apr
Sat, Apr 15 at 6:00 pm PT
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Guests Expected

Savanah Leaf, Tia Nomore, Keta Price


A single mother in Oakland navigates the foster care system while making a living at a family portrait studio in this intimate coming-of-age story. Based on lived experiences from SFFILM-supported writer-director Savanah Leaf, the film follows Gia (portrayed by local musician Tia Nomore) who warily sizes up her surroundings and would-be allies, as she prepares for another child. Lush cinematography, assured direction, and humorous performances infuse this film with a shimmering authenticity rarely seen in debuts. In this drama made predominantly with a Bay Area crew, preconceptions of women with children in foster care are carefully examined and discarded, as Leaf presents a tender, textured, and surprisingly funny portrayal of motherhood.

Director Savanah Leaf

A former volleyball player, who competed in the 2012 Olympics, British Filmmaker Savanah Leaf directed music videos for Gary Clark Jr.’s “This Land,” for which she received a Grammy nomination, and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On.” Her short film, The Heart Still Hums (2020), won Best Short Documentary awards at the Blackstar, Nashville, and Palm Springs International Film Festivals. She makes her feature debut with Earth Mama, the recipient of an SFFILM Rainin Grant.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2023

Premiere California

Runtime 100

Country USA

Director Savanah Leaf

Executive Producer James Wilson, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord, Simon Cooper, Cameron Washington, Christine D'Souza Gelb, David Kimbangi, Ben Coren

Producer Cody Ryder, Shirley O'Connor, Medb Riorda, Sam Bisbee, Savanah Leaf, Danielle Massie

Writer Savanah Leaf

Editor George Cragg

Cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes

Music Kelsey Lu

Cast Tia Nomore, Erika Alexander, Keta Price

Closed Captions Yes, closed captions are available for this screening. Please let us know if you would like a device when purchasing your ticket or by emailing ADA@SFFilm.org.

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently confirmed and will be updated. For any questions about accessibility at SFFILM Events, please email ADA@SFFilm.org.