A Harlem Mother

LIFE IS GOOD UNTIL YOU ARE LIVING IT

“By far the most intense contribution was A Harlem Mother, the story of a woman who lost her son to gun violence. Directed by Ivana Todorovic, we are taken through the pain and heartbreak that so many parents living in Harlem have endured and continue to endure today. When the documentary ended and the credits rolled, the theatre was silent – as we struggled with the emotional journey we had just taken” Susan Peake, Review Vancouver

Awards:
2009 premiere at historic Maysles Cinema in Harlem, NYC
2010 Grand Prix Documentary Film Festival “Videnie” in Kemenovo in Russia
2010 Best Documentary Film Profile Mixed Messages Film Festival, New York
2010 Honorable Mention Carolina Film And Video Film Festival, Greensboro, NC
2010 Audience award Fear no Film, Utah Arts Film Festival

Synopsis:
In 1998, 18 year old Latron Parker made documentary about difficulties growing up in Harlem. Eights years later he was shot dead on the street. Today his mother Jean fights youth gun violence and helps other parents to survive the pain through her organization, Harlem Mothers. Weaving footage from Latron’s own film with scenes from Jean’s new life today.

+40, Selected Festivals:
World Premiere at historic Maysles Cinema in Harlem
Traverse City , Michael Moore’s Festival
Rooftop Film Festival
New York Woman in Film and Television, Anthology Film Archive
Palm Springs International Shortfest
Festival de Cannes, Short Film Corner
Festival de Cannes, American Pavilion, Emerging filmmakers Showcase

Used in Media Campaign Against Gun Violence:
Beyond Bullets: Gun Violence in America screening in Maysles cinema, NY
DCTV: A HARLEM MOTHER and BEYOND BULLETS shorts, NY

Production Notes
Featuring: Jean Corber Parker
Director and cinematographer: Ivana Todorovic
Sound recordist: David Guiterrez Camps
Editor: Tijana Petrovic
Music and sound designer: Janko Radosavljevic
Producer: Ivana Todorovic and Blok productions
Exhibition Format: HDCAM, DigiBeta NTSC, DVD
Production Format: HD
Total Runtime: 13 minutes 2010 • NYC • Color

Important website:
Harlem Mothers ◦ http://harlemmotherssave.com