Michael Glover Smith interviews “Mad” filmmaker Robert Putka on TimeOut Chicago


The 2016 comedy/drama Mad is an auspicious, uncommonly sharp debut feature from the young Cleveland-based writer and director Robert Putka. The independently produced film, which centers on a mentally ill mother’s relationship with her two adult daughters, traveled far and wide on the festival circuit last year and was picked up for distribution by the Orchard. Although it only screened once theatrically in Chicago, as part of the Midwest Independent Film Festival, Mad has had the kind of strong word-of-mouth buzz that virtually ensures a healthy home viewership: I was able to stream it at home just in time for it to make my list of my Top 50 Films of 2016. I recently interviewed Putka about the film via e-mail.


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