About

a village – at the crossroads of art & advocacy – where storytellers, changemakers and nurturers come together to champion humanity through a maternal gaze.

Through mission-aligned film presentation and supported storytelling, mama.film creates a destination for people to be inspired and connected around our shared human experience.

mama.film was founded in 2019 as a pop-up cinema in a shipping container in Wichita, Kansas. Since then, we’ve inhabited two pop-up cinema locations, started a Cleveland chapter, founded a film festival dedicated to women’s reproductive healthcare, fostered filmmakers and storytellers and hosted the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

 

As of fall 2021, we’ve gone nomadic. Look for us to bring unique cinema experiences to audiences locally, regionally and nationally. We’re also focused on creating more artist support opportunities and produce more mission-aligned content. 

When we see depictions of lived experiences on screen or hear them audibly, it feeds our context of the world around us- in both familiar and extraordinary ways. It opens our eyes, and ears, to concerns and inequities faced by marginalized populations, and nourishes our connection to communities around the globe.

 

An essential component of our mission is to spark robust dialogue around the media we present and support- when possible with storytellers, experts, advocates, and audiences. These often personal and intimate moments of exchange, and sometimes even silent reflections, allow us to empathize and sympathize with citizens around us. 

Lela Meadow-Conner
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR + MOTHER/FOUNDER

Lela Meadow-Conner is Executive Director of Film Festival Alliance, a non-profit organization serving North American film festivals and the people who run them. She is

Mallory Martin
CO-FOUNDER • mama.film [Cleveland] & rePRO Film Fest

In addition to being the Artistic Director for the Cleveland International Film Festival, Mallory Martin is also a co-founder of mama.filmCLE – the Cleveland branch...

Debby Samples
CO-FOUNDER • mama.film [Cleveland] & rePRO Film Fest

During the day Debby Samples can be found at the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) where she serves as the Marketing & Media Director. Over the...

KylieB
digital director • mama.film | reprofilmfest.com

Kylie (she/her) is a creative producer and artist who has a passion for encouraging individuals in their ideas and execution for community engagement events....