New York, May 9, 2013 – This Mother’s Day, leave the flowers and Hallmark cards to the traditionalists, and give your Mom a gift she deserves. Sundancechannel.com commissioned Tool and interactive director James Cooper for Mamma’s Day Cards – a tablet-optimized HTML5 experience and video series that puts a wicked twist on the usual Mother’s Day pleasantries. It’s not a Mother’s Day card; it’s a Mamma’s Day card – an e-card that celebrates all the unusual types of moms in the world. Users select the ‘Mother’ which most resembles their own, and can opt to send the corresponding video as a quirky Mother’s Day e-card.
The Mammas e-card finds its inspiration from Isabella Rossellini’s latest short film series “Mammas,” which premieres on Sundancechannel.com on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12. After showing the world the unconventional mating and scandalous sex lives of animals in her Webby-award winning, internationally acclaimed short film series “Green Porno” and “Green Porno Seduce Me,” Isabella Rossellini returns to Sundance Channel and sets her provocative lens on creatures’ rites of passage into motherhood.
Featuring fantastical costumes and weirdly delightful enactments, the actress writes, directs and slips into the role of animal mother in nine episodes of “Mammas,” playing non-traditional creatures and the different ways their maternal instinct is put into action in nature. From cuckoos who willingly hand their young to another mother to fiercely loving wasps who bury animals alive for baby food, Isabella’s entertaining and educational portrayals will show varying ways mothers provide for their offspring.
“Mammas” is written and directed by Isabella Rossellini and produced by Patrice Haddad and Claire Marquet in association with Sundance Channel.
Mamma’s Day Cards is the latest in a line of Tool-Sundance collaborations, which include the FWA Award-winning site for Sundance’s first wholly-owned scripted drama series Rectify.
Client: Sundance Channel
Title: “Mamma’s Day Cards from Isabella Rosselini”
Launch Date: May 2013
Digital Prod. Co.: Tool
Interactive Director: James Cooper
EPs: Dustin Callif, Brian Latt, Oliver Fuselier