Mother Martyr Salt & Saint

100 Sandoval St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Saturday April 27th, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Mother Martyr Salt & Saint Trailer from CK Thornton on Vimeo.


The story follows a mother preparing a meal for her husband’s return from the latest disaster relief effort when she gets a call from her young son about a disaster at school.

Cortney Kammerer Thornton is a cinematic pictorialist born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s in Science in 2011 and has been hard-working and fortunate enough to learn from some of the best filmmakers in the business. The first film set she interned on was Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master”, worked as a Production Assistant on big budget productions like Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” and 2011 started as a Producer’s Assistant for both JoAnne Sellar and Daniel Lupi. For four years, she worked under their guise and assisted Paul Thomas Anderson as well.

Since 2013, Cortney produced award winning short films, web series (“Talents Web Series”, an Austin Film Fest selection and “Simi Valley” distributed by BlackPills/Vice Company), documentaries (“In Search of Voodoo”, Academy-Award Nominated Actor Djimon Hounsou’s directorial debut) and a feature film (“The Dreams of Rene Sendam”, 2021).

In 2018, Thornton made the move into the Art and Set Decoration departments as she wanted to learn the design and decoration aspects of narrative film. Cortney worked under the guise of well seasoned Production Designers like John Paino (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Dan Bishop (“Madmen”) on shows such as HBO’S “Big Little Lies”Season 2”, Apple+’s “The Morning Show” and Apple+’s “For All Mankind”.

In 2021, Cortney made her directorial debut film, “The Drop Off”, an official selection of the Toronto Women’s International Film Festival and in 2022 completed her multi-award winning second film, “Mother Martyr Salt & Saint”, which is currently making its way through 2023’s film festival season.



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