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MY MOTHER'S EARLY LOVERS
103 Minutes, 35mm, Color and B/W (1998)
Produced, directed, co-written and edited by Nora Jacobson
Executive Producers: Bill and Jane Stetson
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Principal Cast

Sue Ball (Maple) began her professional career as a teenager. Discovered by a casting agent, she moved to Los Angeles, and appeared as guest artist on such television series as `Leo and Liz in Beverly Hills', `Valerie', `Perfect Strangers' and `Our House'. She was selected to participate as an actress in the Sundance Institute's prestigious Director's Workshop. In addition to acting in theater and film, Sue develops her own material as a performance artist.

George Woodard plays Calvin--Maple's brother. George is the only active Vermont dairy farmer who is also a musician and the founder of his own theater company. After fifteen years in Hollywood, George returned to Vermont to take over the family farm. He has appeared in several features including Ethan Frome (in the role of Jotham), Where The Rivers Flow North, Time Chasers, as well as numerous television and theater productions.

Molly Hickok plays Louise, Maple and Calvin's mother. Molly works extensively in New York theater and dance productions as well as film. She appeared in Jonathan Demme's film, Philadelphia (as Tom Hanks' sister), as well as in HBO's Subway Stories series and several independent films. In theater, she has worked with Ani-Bee Parson and Paul Lazar, Classic Stage Company, Cucaracha, and PS 122 among others.

Supporting Cast

Maple and Calvin's father Wendell is played by Gilman Rood, a veteran stage and film actor who spent many years performing in New York before moving to Vermont. His real life son Dudley Rood plays young Wendell. A builder in real life, Dudley brings natural talent and charisma to his first acting experience.

Maple's husband Nate is played by Michael Keene, an acting teacher and member of Actor's Equity. Calvin's girl friend Sandra is played by Darri Johnson, who acted in Ethan Frome and is co-founder of the Vermont Actor's Workshop.

Calvin's friend Tom is played by Rusty Dewees who is featured in Universal Studio's Black Dog with Patrick Swayze. He also appears in the films Where The Rivers Flow North, Ethan Frome, Stranger In The Kingdom, and numerous television commercials and programs including Law and Order, Saturday Night Live, and The Guiding Light.

Maple's sisters Anne and Delsey are played by Kathy Blume, a Yale graduate who is pursuing an acting career in New York City and Kim Meredith who acts in regional theater in Vermont.

Calvin's son Adam is played by Jacob Crumbine who decided at age 5 to be an actor and is an enthusiastic member of a youth theater company. Delsey's daughter Louisa is played by 10 year-old Emily Gartner who besides acting wants to pursue a career in politics.

The eccentric Mrs. Fricket, who lives in her car, is played by Geraldine Jacobson, a stage actress in New York in her younger years, and the director's mother.

 

Key Production Biographies

Sybil Smith (co-writer) was born in Townshend, Vermont. The recipient of a full scholarship to Middlebury College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Smith also holds a graduate degree in nursing from Pace University and currently works part time as a psychiatric nurse. Her poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications. Her book, also called My Mother's Early Lovers, is currently being considered for publication.

Bill Stetson and Jane Watson Stetson (Executive Producers) are a husband and wife team who are fund-raisers for films and a wide variety of health, environmental, social, and cultural causes. Mr. Stetson, a media producer, advises Vermont Governor Howard Dean on environmental and economic growth issues. He was the first president of the Vermont Film Commission, which he helped establish, and is currently its vice president.

Roger Grange (Director of Photography) has a wide range of cinematic experience photographing dramatic, corporate, and educational films around the United States and documentary films around the world. His narrative work includes the award-winning short Where or When. Among his recent work he photographed Banter, directed by Johnny Depp.

David Ferm (Production Design and Original Music Score) is a singer/songwriter and owner of a restoration company that salvages old Vermont barns. In addition to composing and performing the score, Ferm handled construction and exterior design.

Antoinette Jacobson (Production Design and Props) is an artist and blacksmith. She created the interiors, decorated the sets, and managed the props.

Jeremiah McLane (Additional Music) is a member of The Clayfoot Strutters, an eclectic and popular dance band which also appears in the film and perform throught the United States.

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