Some women choose motherhood, planning their pregnancy, maternity wardrobe, and mom and baby programs. For others, motherhood is thrust upon them, something unexpected. That’s the story behind Unexpected, Kris Swanberg’s independent film starring Cobie Smulders, Anders Holm, Gail Bean, and Elizabeth McGovern and playing August 12, 2015 at this year’s Open Roof Festival.
Even though my husband and I planned our family, I can relate to the doubt experienced by Samantha, an inner city high school teacher who discovers she’s pregnant. Will my life just be about baby? Will I give up my career plans to raise this child? Will I know what to do once the baby arrives?
At the same time Samantha’s most promising student, Gail, discovers she too is pregnant. The contrast between Samantha and Gail’s situation as well as their similarities make for an interesting journey toward motherhood.
Our experience with the TIFF Kids International Film Festival reminded me that there are a number of independent films worth seeing, even if you won’t see them in the mainstream theatres along side this summer’s blockbusters. It’s for this reason we’re excited to work with the Open Roof Festival as co-presenters of Expecting.
The not-for-profit Open Roof Festival in Toronto is more than just an outdoor movie-screening event. This outdoor summer festival highlights independent film makers and artists as well as locally prepared menu and beer. Each film is paired with a musical act and this year Aura by Cashew and Clive will create custom menus to go with the film, making it an amazing night out. Along with catching Unexpected, our film pick this year for a mom’s night out, you’ll be entertained by the band Os Tropies, all for only $15 a ticket. Plus savour a custom food menu and beer from Amsterdam Brewing to round out your evening with the gals.
Whether you have one child or five, motherhood is a unique experience that sometimes feels isolating. I never felt more unprepared and full of doubt then when I became a mother. I think that’s why I love Unexpected so much. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door August 12 to see Os Tropies and Unexpected but if you’re planning a night out with the ladies it’s probably best to buy your tickets in advance.
You can learn more about the Open Roof Festival on their website www.openrooffestival.com, on twitter, Facebook, and even instagram. If you do end up attending, be sure to share your experience on social media using the hashtag #OpenRoofFest15.