Mrs. Drake

Denver, Colorado | Film Short


Jon Diack

2 Campaigns | Colorado, United States

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Mrs. Drake is for anyone who has struggled through heartache to be a good parent. It's a very human thing to want to protect your children, a very human thing to doubt yourself. Mrs. Drake intertwines good intentions with perplexity in a beautiful portrait of the faltering nature of motherhood.

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The Story

This is a movie that will touch a nerve with anyone who has struggled through heartache to be a good parent.

We follow Laura, struggling to quiet the voices in her head and be the mother she wants to be.  Her son Jack is a handful -- an energetic and impulsive boy.  He comes home from school with a tall tale of being locked in a closet by his teacher, and all of Laura's doubts vanish for a short time.   She strives to find the truth, and is confronted by her own shortcomings in the process.

The depth of character is what makes this movie unique -- Laura's emotional turmoil is palpable, her lack of confidence makes her very human.   The teacher, Mrs. Drake is a bit of a mystery -- very direct and calls Laura out on some very big shortcomings on her part, blaming her for Jack's behavior.

It's a very human thing to want to protect your children, a very human thing to doubt yourself.  Laura's story intertwines good intentions with perplexity in a beautiful portrait of the faltering nature of motherhood.  After all, no child comes with an instruction manual.


Director's Statement: Mrs Drake is a story about blame and responsibility and the ways in which we often long to make someone else accountable for darknesses in ourselves that we are unwilling to address. In the end, it almost doesn’t matter whether Mrs Drake is her enemy or ally, Laura just wants the teacher to share the burden of parenthood that weighs so heavily upon her- to not feel so alone in her guilt and shame. This film beautifully illustrates how, when we project blame in this way, it is an inevitably failed project. As Laura painfully discovers, ultimately no one else is responsible for her feelings of helplessness, and relief will only come from a frank confrontation with herself.


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About This Team

Jessica Anguiano (Producer)

Jessica Anguiano is a Producer with Noggin Sauce Pictures. Jessica began telling stories from an extremely young age and honed her talents throughout the years studying with some of the greatest storytellers in the world - humans. Her greatest work began at Jeff Daniel’s Purple Rose Theater Company in Chelsea, MI. She helped launch several world premiere plays with her editing and story writing skills. Some of her contributions include Bleeding Red and Corktown by Michael Brian Ogden, White Buffalo by Don Zolidis, and several other new plays by Michigan playwrights such as Carey Crim and David MacGregor. An actor and singer, she was cast in Jeff Daniel’s world premiere of Panhandle Slim & the Oklahoma Kid and sang on the original cast recording. She is a member of Actors Equity and studies with Paul Neal Rohrer in the Rohrering Success Actors Workshop. She volunteers with Denver’s Athena Project helping share women’s and girl’s voices in the arts. 


Jon Diack (Producer)

Jon Diack is a Producer and the founder of Noggin Sauce Pictures. Jon brings 26 years of business experience and knowledge to Noggin Sauce. He received a degree in Accounting at Western Washington University and pursued his knowledge of business managing finances for a real estate investment trust. He went on to work in the hi-tech industry as a project leader implementing software applications for Fortune 500 companies. Later in life, Jon pursued his love of story, acting on stage and film. Having recognized the similarities between software development and motion picture production, he combined his love of story and business skills to produce video and theater. His experience and knowledge of business are a great value to manage the business of creating entertainment and art. 


Rachel Fowler (Producer/Actress)

Rachel Fowler is an actress, director and producer.  She currently serves as Literary Producer for LOCAL Theater Company, in Boulder, Colorado, now in its 5th year.  She's performed off broadway and in numerous regional theatres across the country, co-founded the Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, and is an artistic associate with Theatre Du Reve. For the time being, she's taking advantage of living in London:  going to the theatre as much as possible and exploring the city with her husband and 8 year old daughter.  


Caitlin Fitzgerald (Director)

A lover of story-telling from a young age, Caitlin has approached filmmaking primarily as an actress, but more recently and excitedly as a writer and director. As an actor she has worked on all kinds of projects and on sets large and small. Her film credits include ‘It’s Complicated’ (Dir. Nancy Meyers), ‘Newlyweds’ and ‘The Fitzgerald Family Christmas’ (Dir. Ed Burns), ‘Taking Woodstock’ (Dir. Ang Lee), ‘Damsels in Distress’ (Dir. Whit Stillman), ‘Manhattan Romance’ (Tom O’Brien), ‘Adult Beginners’ (Ross Katz), and the up-coming features ‘Always Shine’, ‘This is Your Death,’ and ‘Mercy.’ Her television credits include ‘Blue Bloods,’ ‘Law and Order:SVU,’ ‘How to Make it in America,’ ‘Gossip Girl,’ and the role of Libby Masters in Showtimes acclaimed series ‘Masters of Sex.’ in 2011 Caitlin co-wrote and starred in ‘Like the Water,’ an independent feature that she made along with a group of six incredibly talented female friends. In 2014 she wrote and directed the short film ‘The Girl with the Jacket,’ which she shot in and around New York City. Caitlin learned about storytelling at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.


Eve M. Cohen (Director of Photography)

Eve M. Cohen is an award winning cinematographer whose work ranges from independent feature films to reality TV and documentaries, and most recently cinematic Virtual Reality.  Eve just finished post-production on the feature film “Be Somebody” (dir. Joshua Caldwell) where she was the first cinematographer to use the C300MKii with PL mount lenses in December 2015.  She has also filmed a variety of projects for A+E, MTV, Sundance, Lifetime and History, and is currently working on films for VICE, CNN and ESPN.  Her most recent Virtual Reality project “The Visitor” (dir. James Kaelan) is currently appearing at select film festivals.  Eve was the director of photography of the truly independent film “Like The Water” (dir. Caroline von Kuhn) which was the catalyst for the creation of crowdfunding and distribution platform Seed&Spark.  Eve is co-founder at Seed&Spark where they believe the art of storytelling is about expanding imagination, shining a light on a world inside and deepening empathy for the world outside.


Gabra Zackman (Marketing/Actress)

Gabra is an actress, writer and audiobook narrator based in New York City.  As an

actress she is currently in the highly acclaimed Bedlam production of Sense and

Sensibility in New York where she has been seen previously in off Broadway shows and on “Law and Order”, “Law and Order: SVU” and “All My Children.” She has traveled regionally (moonlighting in Denver, CO for a spell) to work on many shows including: Last Gas (Geva); Reckless (Denver Center); My Name is Asher Lev (Arden); Metamorphoses (Hartford Stage, KC Rep, FST); Love Song (Cincinnati) and 9 seasons with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.  Gabra also has an award winning career in audiobook narration and is the writer of The Bod Squad Series (Pocket Books 2015/2016). Gabra is passionate about telling stories in all genres, and is driven by being a strong voice for the women she has the privilege of portraying.


Kyle Warren (Writer)

Kyle is a playwright and television writer living in Los Angeles. His work has been presented at the Roundabout Theater, the Williamstown Theater Festival, and New York Theater Workshop, among others. He was a fellow in the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group as well as the Warner Bros. Television Writers Workshop. He is currently writing for Fox's upcoming show Lethal Weapon.

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