Etymology follows Catherine and her daughter Millie during the build-up to an important spelling bee. But as preparations gather pace, so does the pressure, and soon the veil of perfection begins to slip.





Kerri Lynn Miller | Delphina Belle | Nikki James | Daphne Gaines | Joe Fusco | Bettina Bilger | Eric Elizaga | Nancy Nagrant | Andre Montgomery | Davion Dowdell


Directed by Maria McIndoo | Written by Tom Wilton | Produced by Kerri Lynn Miller | Produced by Tom Wilton | Co-Produced by Shakah Herrera | Line Produced by Andrew McIndoo | Cinematography by Tom Wilton | Sound by Emmanuel Germond | Make Up by Magdalena Buczkowska | Music from Jonny Hill | Production assistance by Mandy Evans Brown & Meghan Nadler | Produced by RAIN Productions LLC in association with Manhattan Productions & Project Bootleg


Director's statement: 

When Tom approached me with the idea of making this film, I was immediately drawn to its simplicity. The idea of Catherine’s slow unraveling was interesting to me for a multitude of reasons, including the universal truths of living vicariously (or fear thereof) through your children. Whether you recognize moments from your own childhood, a friend's upbringing, or possibly even the way you're raising your own kids, Catherine's obsession with her daughter opens up so many discussions about parent/child relationships.
I'm used to working and thinking in the feature world, so in terms of script it was interesting to figure out how to get to the point in under ten minutes. Luckily, working with Kerri and Delphina was a dream. Kerri and I instantly clicked and were able to work through Catherine during our rehearsals.
Delphina came through the audition process, where she totally hit it out of the park. And though I didn’t see her again until day one of shooting, she came prepared with a true understanding of Millie.
The film was shot in just a couple of days, and so being surrounded by such a hardworking team, I was able to solely concentrate on making the best movie possible, something I hope everybody is proud of.

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Kerri Lynn Miller trained as an actor with Terry Knickerbocker at the William Esper Studio in NYC. 

She co-executive produced the short film Muscle (which was executive produced by Star WarsFrank Oz), and most recently Miller co-produced Pickup, written by Jessica Blank

As an actor, she's perhaps best best known for guest starring roles on Blue Bloods (CBS), Royal Pains (USA) and Odd Mom Out (Bravo). Most recently, Kerri appeared on I Love You But I Lied (LMN).

Miller is presently developing her debut feature film as a writer, actress and producer.

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Wilton is a London-born filmmaker, now based in NYC.

Known for his micro-budget films including Let It Go (co-written by Maria McIndoo), Wilton has also written and produced for many other filmmakers in recent years.

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