"And I knew in that moment, he was mine.
I would do anything for him."
- GENERAL GARNER
While on a late night chat show a retired army general recounts the unbelievable tale of how she rescued her adopted son on the battlefield. A tale that's almost too good to be true...
LENGTH: 12 mins
American Mother is a tense and taut thriller told through an interview on a late-night chat show. The main protagonist, General Amanda Garner is a guest on the show Cal Tonight, hosted by Cal Shanley, a once serious journalist now reduced to light entertainment. Garner, now retired, is on the show to promote the release of her autobiography Maternal Instinct. Garner is seen as a national hero and we learn through her conversation with Cal that this is largely down to a particular incident in Iraq in which she rescued an abandoned Iraqi baby, a baby she would later go on to adopt.
As Garner recounts the stories of her past we see them via flashback and this is where the intrigue begins. What Garner is saying to the studio audience and what the viewer is seeing on screen start to deviate. Cal begins to push Garner on certain aspects of her story, treading a fine line between cross-examining the star guest and not losing his audience who are enthralled by her. A power struggle plays out between the two as the story reaches its dramatic climax.