Theresa Is a Mother

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Theresa is a Mother
Directed by Darren Press and C. Fraser Press
Produced by Darren Press
Written by C. Fraser Press
Starring Edie McClurg
C. Fraser Press
Matthew Gumley
Schuyler Iona Press
Maeve Press
Richard Poe
Music by Schuyler Iona Press
Cinematography Alex Kornreich
Edited by Chad Smith
Distributed by Garden Thieves Pictures (Worldwide - all media)
Release date
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Theresa is a Mother is a 2012 American made comedy drama feature film directed by C. Fraser Press and Darren Press, and starring Edie McClurg, C. Fraser Press, Matthew Gumley, Schuyler Iona Press, Maeve Press and Richard Poe. The screenplay is by C. Fraser Press. The film was produced by A May Sky Picture Entertainment and is being distributed worldwide by Garden Thieves Pictures.

The film has screened at numerous film festivals around the country. Theresa is a Mother has been the recipient of 16 film festival awards including seven festival wins for Best Feature Film.


Theresa McDermott has chased her “ideal” life as an urban-dwelling, punk(ish) singer-songwriter to the very end of its possible existence. She is broke, options have run out and she happens to have a few kids she is raising on her own since their dad split a year ago. Facing eviction and nowhere to go, Theresa packs up her children and what is left of her life and moves back to the small rural town, childhood home and parents she deliberately ran from a decade ago. Her parents’ mutual misery and depressingly gloomy lives were a “downer” she felt had no place in her fun city life. Yet from the moment Theresa drives back up her old driveway, it is clear that there have been some major changes. Her parents, armed with a plethora of hobbies, a hot tub and a new philosophy, are not exactly the old folks she left behind. Theresa needs a job, her parents need their space and a painful family history needs some closure. Old wounds, unattainable dreams, and some “other things” are exposed as a fractured family works to become whole and a woman with a few kids learns to become a mother.


Music plays a major role in Theresa is a Mother. The Theresa is a Mother sound track features an eclectic array of music from Garage Punk to Merengue to Crooner to Southern Fried Honky Tonk. The main theme, “Summer Child” written and composed by 14-year-old cast member Schuyler Iona Press[1] (plays role of Maggie McDermott), was arranged and recorded by pianist John Ferrara. Another song written and composed by Schuyler Iona Press, “No Words,” was arranged for the guitar and recorded by student Grammy Award Band member Gabe Schnider.[2] “No Words” is used throughout Theresa is a Mother as a main part of the film score. The Theresa Is A Mother Soundtrack features original music from: The Two-Bit Terribles, Frank Lamphere, Honky Tonk Union, Rumba Con Son, The Dave Sammarco Band, Karu, and Schuyler Iona Press. An official soundtrack has yet to be released.

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  2. ^ "GRAMMY Foundation Selects Students For GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble Program". BWW Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
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  4. ^ "2012 Festival Favorite 'THERESA IS A MOTHER' Comes to QUAD CINEMA". Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "2012 International Film Festival Manhattan Announces Film Selections". Film Festival Today. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "And the 2012 winner are." NYC Independent Film Festival. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "And the 2012 winners are." NYC Independent Film Festival. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 

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