Mi Madre, My Father

Reared by an abusive, pill-popping mother and an absentee father, six-year-old Valentina must fend for herself.

Creative team

Writers: Michelle Morgan, Daniel J. Patinkin
Director: Michelle Morgan
Producers: Michelle Morgan, Madeliene Davis

Filmmaker’s statement

Mi Madre, My Father is based on a true story. As young as three years old, Mel Grey was forced to fend for herself. Her mother vacillated between neglecting her and inflicting physical and mental abuse.

A generous couple who lived across the hall – both male flight attendants – looked after Mel, put healthy food in her backpack every day and did their best to shield her from her violent and destabilizing home environment. They were effectively surrogate parents. Without them, Mel might have gone down a very dark path.

About Michelle Morgan

Michelle Morgan

With over 15 years experience acting in film and television, Michelle Morgan has enthusiastically begun a trajectory towards directing and writing.

She began with her first short film, Mi Madre, My Father, starring Stephen Amell (Arrow) in 2017. The film was selected by Telefilm for Not Short on Talent at Cannes.

Recently Michelle directed three episodes of the new CBC digital series Hudson (SevenTwentyFour), a spin-off of the long-running series Heartland. Hudson is available on the CBC Gem streaming service.

Michelle wrote and directed her second short film, a romantic comedy set in Tofino entitled Save Yourself, with the help of TELUS STORYHIVE.

Over the 12 seasons Michelle has starred on Heartland, she has shadowed numerous directors such as Bruce McDondald, Dean Bennet and Eleanore Lindo. In April 2018, Michelle shadowed veteran director David Straiton on the USA Network drama Shooter.

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