Helicopter Mom

June 4 | Gay-La Film and Party | Party at Q Nightclub follows the screening.

USA | 2014 | 100 minutes | Salomé Breziner

Maggie Cooper (Nia Vardalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) is a loving but overbearing mom, who hovers over her teenaged son, Lloyd. She thinks Lloyd may be gay, so she supports him by setting up dates with boys, and submitting an application for a gay student college scholarship. But Lloyd is not so sure, and his mom’s meddling is making things worse. Actors Jason Dolley and Kate Flannery in attendance.

June 4, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
7:00 PM Date has passed

Gay-La Film and Party
Director Salomé Breziner, actors Jason Dolley and Kate Flannery to attend

June 5, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
4:00 PM Date has passed

Director Salomé Breziner, actor Jason Dolley scheduled to attend

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Gay-La Film and Party
Wednesday, June 4 | 7:00PM
Film venue: Egyptian Theatre
Party: Q Nightclub

$25 | $23 SIFF Member  Ticket includes admission to the film and after-party.
$12 | $10 SIFF Member
  Ticket includes screening only.

Oh, how far we’ve come from the dark days of rampant homophobia. But teenager Lloyd Cooper (Jason Dolley) may think society—or at least his mother—has progressed a bit too far on this topic. Lloyd’s mom Maggie (a hilarious Nia Vardalos) says she would not only accept a gay son, she actively encourages it, as it would be “really cool” to have one. In fact, Maggie becomes so convinced that Lloyd himself is gay that she “outs” him to his entire high school. Like any good “helicopter mom,” who hovers over every aspect of her children’s lives, Maggie takes control of Lloyd’s social life, setting Lloyd up on dates with boys whom she has approved and filing for a gay student college scholarship. There’s just one wrench in her grand plans: Lloyd doesn’t even know whether he’s gay or not. Director Salomé Breziner, who added fresh touches and well-rounded characters to her previous coming-of-age comedy The Secret Life of Dorks (2013), breaks new ground in Helicopter Mom as well, depicting a mother who is willing to accept her son for who he is—or at least who she thinks he is. The film shows, in uproarious fashion, how an overabundance of understanding, however well-intentioned, can be almost as stifling as narrow-mindedness. Featuring Kate Flannery (Meredith Palmer, "The Office").

Director Biography

Belgian-born and Florida-raised writer/director Salomé Breziner caught the directing bug early, becoming a script supervisor on various projects while still a teenager. After directing a few shorts, her debut feature was Tollbooth (1994). Her other feature credits include the action dramas An Occasional Hell (1996), and Fast Sofa (2001), plus the teen comedy The Secret Life of Dorks (2013).

Sponsored by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Greater Seattle Business Association, The Stranger, Poquitos, Q Nightclub

Director: Salomé Breziner
Principal Cast: Nia Vardalos, Jason Dolley, Mark Boone Junior, Scott Shilstone, Skyler Samuels
Premier Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 100 minutes
Producer: George Voskericyan, Stephen Israel, Juan M.R. Luna, Salome Breziner
Screenplay: Duke Tran
Cinematographers: Chris Squires
Editors: Richard Halsey, Colleen Halsey, Jacob Chase
Music: Jeff Cardoni
Filmography: The Secret Lives of Dorks (2013); Fast Sofa (2001); An Occasional Hell (1996); Tollbooth (1994); Lifted (1988)
Language: English
Format: DCP
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