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In the traditions of Buster Keaton and Laurel & Hardy . . . Plumb is funny.

Regina Weinrich . The Huffington Post

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Brooklyn mother of two, Penelope (Shannon Plumb), struggles to traverse the daily obstacle course that is motherhood with little help from her husband, Matt (Derek Cianfrance). As his flourishing creative career consumes all of his time, Penelope struggles to balance her artistic aspirations with her motherly responsibilities, stopping at nothing in a quest to find her artistic voice.  Plumb's real-life husband and children play her family in this playful, honest, and at times, harsh look at modern-day motherhood and the difficulties families face everyday.


2013 . 86 mins . HD Video


Shannon Plumb


Shannon Plumb, Derek Cianfrance, Cody Cianfrance, Walker Cianfrance


Alex Orlovsky, Hunter Gray Co-Producer: Andrew Adair


Tyler Brodie

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World Premiere Int'l Film Festival Rotterdam

North American Premiere New Directors/New Films

Official Selection Sarasota Film Festival

Official Selection Milano Film Festival

Towheads is like a funny Woman Under the Influence.

Ryan Gosling

Story of Release

In early 2012, APD met with renowned video artist Shannon Plumb.  She had made over 200 silent short films to date (most she shot by herself on Super8) and was ready for her first "talkie".  The film would star Plumb as protagonist Penelope, her real-life husband (Director Derek Cianfrance) as fictional husband Matt, and Cody and Walker Cianfrance, as their two towheaded boys.  The primary location would of course be none other than the family's home.

The board approved the film in February and a mere six weeks later, (taking full advantage of the boys' Spring Break) production was underway.  Filming occurred over 7 months, with the whirlwind of motherhood dictating the production schedule and Plumb's real life sometimes mirroring that of her fictional protagonist's.  The scenes with the boys achieve great authenticity as Plumb allowed them to be themselves without being manipulated or fed lines.  By the end of the shoot, they had their own home video cameras set up on tripods and had learned the production lingo.  "Speeding! Set!  Action!"

TOWHEADS had its World Premiere in January 2013 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and in March 2013 had its US premiere at MoMA/Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Directors New Films Festival.  In September of 2013 the film was selected to be part of the inaugural New York Times Indie Online Film Festival, and in January 2014 had a sold-out LA premiere at The Cinefamily, as well as returning to MoMA for a week-long run. TOWHEADS is now available on multiple VOD platforms via the Sundance Institute Artists Services program. 


Previous Screenings

SF Indiefest

San Francisco, CA

Museum of Modern Art

New York, NY

The Cinefamily

Los Angeles, CA

Olympia Film Festival

Olympia, Wa

Milano Film Festival

Milan, Italy

The Boonies International Film Festival

Warren, PA

Kansas International Film Festival

Kansas City, KS

Citizen Jane Film Festival

Columbia, MO

International Women's Film Festival

Rehovot, Israel

Basilica Hudson

Hudson, NY

Rooftop Films Trilok Fusion Center For the arts

Brooklyn, NY

Woods Hole Film Festival

Cape Cod, MA

International Film Festival Rotterdam

Rotterdam, NE

New Directors/New Films

New York, NY

!F Istanbul International Film Festival

Istanbul, TURKEY

Sarasota Film Festival

Sarasota, FL

Flyover Film Festival

Louisville, KY