MA 2015

Celia Rowlson-Hall

A modern day silent film. It tells the story of a virgin mother on a pilgrimage to Las Vegas to give birth to our savior.

Borscht contributed a small development grant to support Celia Rowlson-Hall in the creation of this film.


Venice Film Festival, 2015


"[A] weird, wonderful film" - Vice

"[O]ne of the year’s most original debuts. Celia Rowlson-Hall has... an imagination quite unlike anyone else…. [T]his micro-budget labor of love augurs an exciting new voice…. While the entire project seems to be commenting on all the ways that social pressures try to trap or confine us, the cinematic medium has seldom felt as free as it does in Rowlson-Hall’s hands…. MA conveys a remarkable range of feeling…" - Variety

"The combination of surreal tone, strange characters, sun-drenched cinematography, and entirely visual movement-based language creates a heady and spellbinding cinematic experience…. [MA] looks and feels decidedly different than anything else, a highly specific vision that embraces the surreal and the mystical alike…. Illuminating and fiercely original" - Indiewire


Venice Film Festival, 2015
Tribeca Film Festival, 2015
AFI Fest, 2015 (Winner, Breakthrough Audience Award)
Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2015
San Francisco Independent Film Festival, 2016
RiverRun International Film Festival, 2016
Ashland Independent Film Festival, 2016
Maryland Film Festival, 2016
Sarasota Film Festival, 2016
!f Istanbul Independent Film Festival, 2016
Sun Valley Film Festival, 2016
Middle Coast Film Festival, 2016



a film by Celia Rowlson-Hall

writer/director: Celia Rowlson-Hall
cast: Celia Rowlson-Hall, Andrew Pastides, Amy Seimetz
producers: Aaron Schnobrich, Lauren Smitelli
executive producers: Riel Roch Decter, Sebastian Pardo, Neal Bledsoe, Karl Kister, Mary Caulkins
director of photography: Ian Bloom
production design: Jen Dunlap
costume design: Allison Pearce
editor: Iva Radivojevic
composer: Brian McOmber

produced in association with Borscht Corp.