Mildred always did what was expected of her: find a man, settle down, and carry out chores on the family farm. As a woman in the early twentieth century, she did little to disturb the traditions of the time. She worked hard, said little, and suffered for years at the hands of her controlling, abusive husband, all while watching him dig the family farm deep into debt.
Our story takes place in the winter of 1920 as a brutal blizzard strikes and Mildred’s husband falls terribly ill. That same night, Mildred finds George, a charming World War I veteran, collapsed on her doorstep. As he regains his strength, their growing bond unearths secrets each would rather keep hidden.
Lain Kienzle - Director
Lain comes from a long line of tough southern women but grew up across the Midwest and East Coast, visiting friends' farms with her Aunt Betty, baking with her mom, and tackling filmmaking challenges wherever they might arise.
Since receiving her BFA with honors in Film and TV Production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Lain has worked all over the production world, holding the titles of Production Coordinator, Producer, First Assistant Director and more at companies like BBC Worldwide, BrenesCo, and 1st Avenue Machine. Her favorite television credits include Quantico, The Blacklist and 30 Rock.
The Mouse and the Lion is currently in the pre-production phase. We are looking for contributions to help support our journey. We are partnered with Cinefemme, so all donations $200 and up are tax deductible!