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May 12, 2013

A study in maternal instincts

Sundance Channel honor's Mother's Day with Isabella Rossellini's latest

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It usually takes about two months after a debut to get it out and that happened to be really close to Mother’s Day, which seemed like perfect timing, she said.

“Mammas” is the third in a series commissioned by Sundance Channel and Robert Redford. It started with animal sex in “Green Porno” on Sundance Channel (which was also screened at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah) and moved to animal seduction in “Green Porno Seduce Me.” In all of them, she plays the animals in bright costumes and demonstrates what happens. It has endless room to grow, Rossellini said.

“They put ‘Green Porno’ on the Internet six years ago and it got millions of hits,” said the actress (”Blue Velvet,” ‘‘Death Becomes Her”) and former model. She writes the scripts, sketches a costume she thinks will work, narrates, directs and plays the animal in every short.

The “Seduce Me” segment was on display in 2010 at the The Wolfsonian-Florida International University Museum in Miami.

“People were completely seduced by the series,” museum director Cathy Leff said. “From a scientific point of view, we learned a lot. She did a lot of research about mating. It was humorous and incredibly charming,” she added.

There’s a playful connection to Mother’s Day, Sundance Channel General Manager Sarah Barnett said. “Isabella gives you a different perspective and a sort of delicious new way of engaging with the idea of being a mother.”

“Mammas” is a work of visual seduction told by “a distinct and remarkable story teller. She has this unorthodox form and at the same time it’s incredibly accessible and surprisingly funny,” Barnett added.

Rossellini is the daughter of Oscar-winning actress Ingrid Bergman and director Roberto Rossellini.

Mother’s Day in Italy when Rossellini was a child wasn’t a big deal. The big holiday was Woman’s Day on March 1. “It was not just for mothers but for all women,” she said.

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