The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom


95 minutes – Drama
Language: English
Release date: March 18, 2011
Canadian Distributor: Mongrel Media

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.

Poster and trailer courtesy of Mongrel Media

The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom, movie poster



Barbara Shrier


Liz Jarvis

Associate Producer:

Theresa Piercy


Tara Johns


Tara Johns


Claudine Sauvé


Luc Sicard

Production Designer:

Normand Sarrazin

Art Director:

Bill MacInnis (Set Decoration)

Costume Designer:

Mariane Carter

Cast: Roles:

Julia Sarah Stone
Rebecca Windheim
Rebecca Croll
Macha Grenon
Trevor Hayes
Paula Costain
Gil Bellows
Luca Palladini
Brian Wrench
Emma Elle Paterson
Lea Roy
Pauline Little
Andrew Peplowski
Chantele Francis
Keenan Lehmann
Keir Cutler
Lyne Riel
Will Woytowich
Mung-Ling Tsui
Jack Hackel
Akalu Meekis
Brian Roach
Spencer Duncanson
Richard Jutras
Teale Bishopric

Elizabeth Gray
Anabelle Kowalski
Stella Kowalski
Marion Gray
Ken Kowalski
Church lady
Phil Gray
Darryle Jameson
Mr. Lambert
Mrs. Meherall
News Anchor
Kid in station wagon
Senior Customs Agent
Female Customs worker
Customs Officer
Jean Lee
Radio D.J.
Young Man with tattoo
Usher #1
Usher #2
6-year-old Dolly Parton look-alike