Reno Finds Her Mom

Institute History

  • 1996 January Screenwriters Lab


RENO FINDS HER MOM follows oddball comedian and political screamer Reno through her real life search to find the birth mother who abandoned her as an infant. The camera follows Reno out onto the streets, into the halls of bureaucracy, across the country—or wherever the trail may lead—en route to solving the mystery of her birth. As a docu-comedy, the films uses a raw cinema verite approach to the actual search blended with heightened fantasy sequences in which Reno both looks forward to and dreads the truth that awaits her. It is a once-in-a-lifetime journey, a tour of this nation's offices and policies concerning adoption, and an exciting roller coaster ride through the rises and falls inherent in taking on a difficult, emotional quest.


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