The Mother Lode

Hoboken, New Jersey | Series


Theresa Gambacorta

1 Campaigns | New Jersey, United States

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The Mother Lode is a woman's journey of integration. It’s vital that we explore the lonely, tender, and unspoken dark parts of a mother’s heart that live side by side with the light and love.

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Mission Statement

Our ensemble includes five actresses over the age of 35. Behind the camera I've committed to hiring women in key crew positions including the Director of Photography and Assistant Director.

The Story

The Mother Lode is a rich and funny take on grief and motherhood that breaks with the easy jokes and status quo stories of terrible twos and sleepness nights.




In The Mother Lode we meet Margaret, a whirlwind of creative mothering. Pizza box-turned-solar powered oven to make solar powered s’mores? (Watch Mario Batali & Margaret) That’s the lady! Homemade obstacle courses that rival a Pinterest junkie’s dreams? She’s on it! Practicing positive parenting techniques to meet the big feelings of her little guy? You know her! But Margaret's creative life beyond motherhood becomes second banana to raising a little one who needs the best of her presence and compassion. The recent death of her father, Frank and the return of an old friend put Margaret at a crossroads. The intersection of Margaret's love of her son, and the fear underneath is the thread that runs through The Mother Lode. 



The Mother Lode offers a comedic heroine whose very best intentions lead her down an unexpected awakening to some very funny and very painful truths. About life. About loss. About love. 


I have had plenty of conversations with moms who weigh the cost (not money but emotional currency) with the price of a few hours of freedom to live in the "Self We Were" before we became "Mama". Margaret in The Mother Lode playfully and richly lays bare her own journey in negotiating that emotional currency. The Mother Lode also explores a tricky father/daughter relationship between Margaret and her dead father, Frank. Margaret's mom friends and a single friend from her past illuminate themes that challenge our beliefs about female friendships. How Margaret moves through the dichotomy of darkness and light that steers her idea of motherhood is to see a woman of action who is wrestling with the death of her father. And the death of her identity.













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Costs $1,000

We want to pay our wonderful actors a SAG union day rate.


Costs $6,400

We need to pay our crew! They are our behind the scenes heroines and heros!


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General Liability and Equipment Insurance to cover a mishap or accident on set.

Location Fee

Costs $1,000

This fee is a requirement for use of our Hoboken playground location.


Costs $1,000

We need to feed our cast and crew plenty of snacks and meals during our shoot.

Transportation Rental

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We need to cover transportation costs for cast and crew and van rental to carry equipment.


Costs $3,275

This includes post-production editing and sound for The Mother Lode.

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About This Team


Theresa Gambacorta

Writer-Director, Actress (Margaret)

Theresa is an actress, writer and director who has appeared in commercials, stage and independent film. Her first solo play, La Magnani, about the life of Italian actress Anna Magnani, was directed by Elizabeth Kemp and debuted Off-Broadway in 2007. Since then she has developed and directed over a dozen solo projects that have played across the country from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles. The Mother Lode marks her film directorial debut. She lives in Hoboken with her husband, Jason and their son, Levi.


Natalie Johnson


Natalie is a writer, director, producer and actress. Her short film Laura most recently screened at The Socially Relevant Film Festival in New York City. Her debut short film, Roses in Winter won Best Short at The Women's International Film Festival. Most recently on stage, Natalie's play, Family Picnic which she wrote and directed, was produced at The New York Theater Festival, where it won in the Best Actress category. As an actor she has appeared in numerous Off & Off-Off Broadway shows in New York, performing in such places as Theater Row, 4th Street Theater, Dixon Place and CenterStage. 


Bri Castellini

Co-Producer, Assistant Director

Bri Castellini has an MFA in Writing and Producing for Television and a BA in Creative Writing, studying in New York and Oregon, respectively. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her partner and works as the Community Liaison for She is the creator, writer, producer, and star, among other things, of the award-winning comedic zombie web series Brains, the executive producer (among other things) for the sci-fi time travel web series Relativity, and the associate producer for the web series Stray and History. You can find more about Bri at her decade-old blog or her professional portfolio She makes most of her friends on Twitter.

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