angry, broke and followed by a past that still haunts her, one woman
now has to confront what happened to her by going home in this Texas
made feature motion picture by Director JT Villalobos.
emotional feature and written by Tiffany Heath, “Mulberry
Stains” tells the story of Harper (played by Tricia Jo Hoffman) a
young woman whose life really hasn’t been the same since her
childhood. Older now and away for a decade, her marriage has failed,
she is constantly running from her ex (played by Denton Blane
Everett), she has a 12 year old child, Navy (played by Bailey
Gambertoglio) who hasn’t seen her father, they move from place to
place and broke they now have to move back home and back to
Savannah, Harper’s mother (played by Joey Lauren Adams). While
home, Harper struggles with the scars of her past that seems to be
enveloping her daughter but there is more to the story...there are
family secrets on both sides of the track and Harper is going to
find out the truth and give her daughter the things she didn’t
camera is cinematographer Brian Vilim who did an outstanding job in
shooting this movie. The shots are moving and dramatic. Camera
movement, angles and composition of frame are consistent throughout
the movie. With the
Directors vision and the Cinematographers eye “Mulberry Stains”
is a visual canvas – it was a visually and aesthetically pleasing
movie to see. The opening scene is haunting, dramatic and sets the
tone for the film – both emotional and dark.
the story itself was a bit hard to follow. The focus didn’t come
to the surfaces until later in the film and there really wasn’t a
reference point to give the audience reason for Harper’s problems,
frustration and anger. Actress Tricia Jo Hoffman did a great job in
capturing the frustration and anger characterized by Harper. At
times, however, that anger was misplaced but taking the movie as a
whole one realizes why there were outbursts. From the moment you are
introduced to the Harper character there was a sense that something
in her life was causing her to act out but one didn’t know what it
was until later.
outstanding performance came from actor Robert Works who played
“Percy”, a soft spoken and manipulative drunk who lives in the
trailer next to Savannah’s home. Director JT Villalobos was able
to bring out a convincing and pretty messed up character with Percy.
You didn’t know whether to like him or hate him. His presence on
the screen was brilliant.
notable performance came from actress Joey Lauren Adams who played
Savannah. You may remember Ms. Adams
as the lead in “Chasing Amy”. In “Mulberry Stains” Ms.
Adams’ performance was outstanding. She is cunning, smart and the
center of controversy in this movie. Director JT Villalobos was able
to bring out of Ms. Adams’ a cold, strong and unemotional
character in Savannah. When you first meet Savannah one thinks she
is sweet and nice, but just when you think things are all flowers,
her persona changes to reveal her strong side and a side that takes
no crap from anyone. With alcohol in one hand a cigarette in the
other; Ms. Adams’ nailed this part completely.
cast did an amazing job in the performances of their chosen
characters. This was an ensemble and a well thought out casting of
actors and actresses. All casted talent, in “Mulberry Stains”
complimented each other and each was able to stand on their own
merits in this movie. Unforgettable characters filled with secrets.
As well, a
single person does NOT make a movie. The entire crew did a fantastic
job in delivering a well-made feature motion picture to the big
didn’t like about the movie was the perpetuation of the
“Texas” image and the constant portrayal of cowboy hats and
trucks, longnecks and do-drop-ins. All you had to do with this movie
was to show a couple of old trucks and you would have been
transported back to the 50’s.
We also didn’t like the emotional state of the Harper
character. We thought it was a little over the top to be in constant
sorrow and upheaval especially lugging around a pre-teen that you
desire to be stable.
“Mulberry Stains” was good movie and in par with what you would
expect a movie to look like and feel like. Sound was consistent
throughout the entirety of the film, lighting was dynamic, color was
consistent and the music score flowed from one scene to the other,
set the mood and was not overbearing. As well, editing was
outstanding, smooth and flowing. Cuts were tight, although there
were times when continuity might have been a problem and outside
suspension of belief.
was just a little slow in coming to the point and having to keep up
with the triad of stories that intertwined is going to be a bit much
for the average viewing audience. Some would consider “Mulberry
Stains” to be “chick” flix and perhaps one will have a hard
time trying to convince a man to watch someone that is constantly
crying and exhibiting anger in an emotional state, but we disagree.
We gave it a chance and found it appealing enough to want to see why
this character is acting the way she is acting and to find out what
happened to her. Near the last third of the movie one will
definitely empathize with the character and cry with her.
Check it out for yourself. Decide for yourself. Go watch the
rating: 4.3 out of 5 on the TSIRS scale.
News & Entertainment Magazine was invited to the set while in
production June of 2012 and we took some pictures. You can see those
pictures at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4187288199996.2181426.1218281768&type=1&l=dd1f09c9db
producer and writer Tiffany Heath was on the cover of C47Houston
News & Entertainment Magazine, You can view that issue at: http://tinyurl.com/C47HoustonNovDec2013
Company: Mulberry Stains Productions
Coordinator: Mark Chavarria
Stunts: Tim Mattfeld
Effects: Cliff Holverson
Music by: Rich Douglas
by: Tiffany Heath, Robert Lott, Barry Strickland and Mark Chavarria
Tricia Jo Hoffman, Bailey Gambertoglio, Joey Lauren Adams, Kelvin
Payton, Robert Works, Chaz Wood, Robert Lott, Benton Blane Everett,
Connie Cooper, Julie Oliver-Touchstone, Jacqueline King, Kaelynn
Wright, Patrick Sane.