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Nathan Silver

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Nathan Silver has been casting his mother, Cindy, in his independent feature films since 2012. And though Cindy always insists she’s “not an actress—I’m just your mother,” when Nathan cuts almost all her scenes from one of his movies, Cindy’s disappointment goes beyond a matter of simple creative differences. In this new documentary series, we follow Nathan and Cindy as they try to repair their relationship.
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Cindy, fresh on the heels of her first experience as a film director, reviews the footage with Nathan. But she refuses to admit whether she enjoyed calling the shots: “If I say yes, then you’ll have me direct a whole movie!”
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On her first day as the director of her own short film, Cindy exorcises a humiliation from her youth and gives it a triumphant new ending.
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Hoping to make amends with his mother, Nathan visits his parents’ house upstate, where he pitches Cindy on a new creative project—one where she would be in control.
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As her screen time in her son’s films is drastically reduced, Cindy starts to suspect Nathan no longer wants her in his movies—a rejection that brings her back to the insecurities of childhood, when she thought, “Why would anybody wanna watch me, or hear me, or see me?”
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A group of white kids with fake guns try to reenact the LA riots.
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