Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2016
Country: United States
Run Time: 83 minutes


When Mel has a nervous breakdown, it’s up to her two grown daughters to take her in. But rather than provide a loving environment, the sisters engage in some bitter war games where the biggest casualty could very well be their own mother. It takes a masterful storyteller to be able to utilize humor the way director Robert G. Putka does here, and there is no shortage of laughs in this bone-deep drama. But the jokes and moments serve a higher purpose. With top-notch acting (Maryann Plunkett as Mel is well worth the price of admission) and some deft direction, this character-driven film mixes situational humor with real heart as a way to provide much needed balance between what is uncomfortable and what is real. MAD provides a unique voice to those moments in our lives when all we want to do is get away, but all we can do is stay with those who promise mutual assured destruction. –T.W.

CIFF40 Screenings

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Saturday, April 09, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Capitol Theatre

Thursday, April 07, 2016 at 9:10 PM

Women of the World

Local Heroes Competition

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'Mad' about Cleveland

Robert G. Putka

Clevelander Robert G. Putka has been making award-winning short films since his graduation from Brecksville-Broadview Hts. High School in 2008. Influenced by John Cassavetes, Judd Apatow, and "The Jerk," Putka is also co-founder of C-Town Film Factory.

MAD (2016)

Mike Blanchard, Robert G. Putka, Kevin J. Hughes, Mark Reeb, Eilis Cahill, Joe Battaglia

Robert G. Putka

Jay Keitel

Ben Measor

Principal Cast
Jennifer Lafleur, Eilis Cahill, Maryann Plunkett, Mark Reeb

Film Contact

Film Sponsors

Strongsville Psychological Services

Media Partners

Fresh Water Cleveland

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