The year Dolly Parton was my mom

I found this gem on TV last night. I was only a few years younger than the star when this movie was set (1976) so the outfits & home decor are definitely something that I remember. And, who didn’t have a bicycle with a banana seat?

It s 1976 and Elizabeth is just your average suburban 11-year-old praying for adolescence to arrive when she discovers her whole life has been a lie. With only her imagination to guide her, Elizabeth runs away in search of her true identity. Her adoptive mother Marion is then forced to break out of the carefully constructed truth she s been clinging to and go after her daughter. This leads to a cathartic cross-country trek by a mother searching for a daughter who s searching for a mother both of them really searching for themselves…. The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom is a poignant, sometimes funny, very female, coming of age story that explores the tension between creating identity and finding it within.

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  1. says

    This is my student, Julia Sarah Stone. She is brilliant. This was her first movie. She worked very hard on this and was only 11 years old at the time. What a kid!


  2. says

    Hey Carrie,
    What a nice surprise to see that our little film has made it all the way to TV screens in North Carolina! Thank you for taking the time to review it and for helping us get the word out! We really appreciate it!
    Barbara – producer of The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom

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