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According to My Mother

Colorado Premiere • NYTVF 2016 Best Drama Pilot and Best Actor

United States | Dramedy | 18m


Saturday, July 1, 11:45am -
Maglione Theater | BUY TICKETS

Thursday, June 29, 9:00pm -
Clasen Theater | BUY TICKETS


Daniel, a young, gay Korean-American living in New York, gets an early morning call from his mother, Esther. She’s in LA, dusting off her Jesus paintings. He’s in bed with his boyfriend. This call is just one of many throughout the day as we follow Daniel to his off-off-off Broadway rehearsal. At the end of the day, Daniel receives another call from his mother -- this time with news: Auntie is dead.

Daniel flies back to LA and is picked up by his mother. He prides himself on being in touch with his emotions (or so his therapist says) and is ready to mourn. His mother is incapable of it. After a series of errands, they return home to find inexperienced medical students rolling out Auntie’s body. Apparently Auntie donated it to science. Again, Daniel tries to mourn. And, again, his mother is incapable of it.

That night, Daniel is forced into saying grace at their family dinner. In a surprising turn of events, a  simple prayer turns into a reckoning—between Daniel and God, between Daniel and Auntie and, ultimately, between Daniel and Esther.

A few weeks later, Daniel is back in New York and Esther is back to being her old self. All is normal again – except, not quite.


Daniel K. Isaac & Cathy Yan


Cathy Yan


EP: Eric Wilson; Devin Landin


Daniel K. Isaac & Cathy Yan


Daniel K. Isaac & Alexis Rhee

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