Ma / Celia Rowlson-Hall / 2015, Venice, AFI Fest, Ashland, Denver, Jerusalem, Maryland, Melbourne, Milwaukee, Munich, Rotterdam, Sarasota, Sidewalk Film Fest / 80'
A woman appears in the desert, dressed in a pink t-shirt and cowboy boots. She hitches a ride along a vast, abandoned road en route to Las Vegas. Suddenly in an urban wasteland, she moves across filthy motel rooms, swimming pools, the hood of an Oldsmobile. She encounters characters and landscapes at once terrifying and sublime. She is a body in motion.
A modern-day vision of Mother Mary's pilgrimage set against the scorched vista of the American Southwest, Ma deconstructs female corporeality and vis-à-vis a journey that is once visceral and surreal. Dancer-choreographer Celia Rowlson-Hall's feature film debut premiered at Venice's Giornate degli Autori, Rotterdam, Maryland, Munich, and Ashland and AFI Fest, where it won the Audience Award.