“The dead mother thing…it’s like a club. You’re initiated. You get a tattoo. It is not going away.” – Rosie O’Donnell on the loss of her mother
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TORONTO (May 5, 2014) – One day after families across North America gather to celebrate and pay tribute to their mothers on Mother’s Day, HBO Canada presents the all-new HBO documentary THE (DEAD MOTHERS) CLUB, premiering Monday, May 12 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, day-and-date with HBO in the U.S. Executive produced by Emmy® Award winner Rosie O’Donnell and directed by first-time filmmakers Carlye Rubin and Katie Green, THE (DEAD MOTHERS) CLUB tells the stories of three women who have lost their mothers during adolescence and how that experience profoundly affected their lives. The documentary also features candid interviews from Rosie O’Donnell, Molly Shannon and Academy Award® winner Jane Fonda, who all share the loss of their mothers before the tender age of 12. HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).
THE (DEAD MOTHERS) CLUB gives viewers a glimpse into the moving story of three women: Leticia, a 29-year-old with Brazilian roots, who lost her mother and grandmother to breast cancer and is now celebrating the birth of her own child; Ginger, a talented southern artist, who is haunted by her last conversation with her mother, a heated argument that turned out to be their last exchange just days before her mother’s sudden death; and 17-year-old Jordyn, who lost her mother to cancer when she was 12, and now takes a maternal role in raising her younger sister.
In separate interviews, Rosie O’Donnell, Molly Shannon, and Jane Fonda share their insights on experiencing loss at such a young age and express their struggles with grief. O’Donnell, whose mother died of breast cancer, had a difficult time coming to terms with the differences between her and her mother; Shannon acknowledges that the accident that took the lives of her mother, sister, and cousin made her tough, fearless, and driven; and Fonda dealt with feelings of guilt over her mother’s suicide for many years.
THE (DEAD MOTHERS) CLUB is directed by Carlye Rubin and Katie Green; edited by Tina Grapenthin (Isn’t It Delicious); original music, Mike Thies (Graceland); produced by Carlye Rubin, Katie Green, and Tina Grapenthin; senior producer, Lisa Heller (Valentine Road); executive producers, Sheila Nevins (HBO’s SIX BY SONDHEIM), Rosie O’Donnell, Regina Kulik Scully (The Invisible War), and David Rubin (Gravity).
All new HBO programming premieres day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.
In Western Canada, programming will be available on on HBO Canada HD, on the go with the Shaw Go Movie Central app, Telus Optik TV and Bell TV Online, and HBO Canada On Demand.
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HBO Canada brings Canadians HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO’s extensive library – all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on TMN GO, on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com. In Eastern Canada, HBO Canada is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. In Western Canada, HBO Canada is offered by Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).
About Movie Central
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
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