SXSW News: Freeform’s MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM” Debuts World Premiere on March 16 at 2020 SXSW Film Festival

Series Stars Taylor Hickson, Jessica Sutton, Ashley Nicole Williams, Amalia Holm, Demetria McKinney and Lyne Renee to Attend, Along with Creator and Executive Producer Eliot Laurence and Executive Producer Kevin Messick

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WHAT:                 Freeform celebrates the world premiere of the highly anticipated series “Motherland: Fort Salem” with

a special screening and panel at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

WHO:                   “Motherland: Fort Salem” cast and producers, including:

  • TAYLOR HICKSON (Raelle)
  • JESSICA SUTTON (Tally)
  • ASHLEY NICOLE WILLIAMS (Abigail)
  • AMALIA HOLM (Scylla)
  • DEMETRIA MCKINNEY (Anacostia)
  • LYNE RENEE (General Sarah Alder)
  • ELIOT LAURENCE (Creator and Executive Producer)
  • KEVIN MESSICK (Executive Producer)

WHEN:   Monday,March, 16, 2020

                 2:00 PM – Screening begins

WHERE:  The SXSW Film Theater, Ballroom A

Austin Convention Center

500 E Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78701

“Motherland: Fort Salem,” from creator and executive producer Eliot Laurence (“Claws”) and executive producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, premieres Wednesday, March 18 (9:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on Freeform.

Set in an alternate, present-day America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the burgeoning U.S. government to fight for their country, “Motherland: Fort Salem” follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into terrifying and thrilling early deployment. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped, with women on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are strikingly familiar to our world, but with supernatural tactics and weapons.

The ten-episode, one-hour drama is written and created by Eliot Laurence and produced by Freeform Studios, Gary Sanchez Productions and McKay’s new multiplatform company, Hyperobject Industries. Gary Sanchez Productions recently produced “Vice,” which was nominated for eight Academy Awards®, and most recently, McKay and Messick received Golden Globes for Best Drama Series for “Succession.” Eliot Laurence, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Kevin Messick, Maria Maggenti and Steven Adelson serve as executive producers on the series. The pilot was directed by Steven A. Adelson (“Riverdale,” “Siren”).

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