Surrogate, The: Jeremy Hersh’s Tale of One Complicated Postmodern Family

Directed and written by Jeremy Hersh, The Surrogate deals with a new, rather relevant issue: the changing meaning and structure of the American family, specifically the need/wish of gay couple to raise children of their own.

Aaron is a lawyer and the trio believe they have a contractual agreement. The men will pay for all the medical expenses and Jess will relinquish any parental rights.

Then prenatal testing reveals an extra chromosome, Down syndrome.  Jess now has a sense of purpose she did not have in her romantic or professional life. She reads up on Down syndrome and looks into community resources. She visits a social enrichment program, asks questions, reaches out to one of the teachers,

Josh and Aaron are understandably shell-shocked, but they go along to visit the enrichment program and visit Leon and his parents. Jess believes that if she just gives them the right reading material and maybe suggests a more lucrative career redirection, they can make it work and everyone will live happily ever after.

The Surrogate movie poster

Cast:

Jasmine Batchelor as Jess

Chris Perfetti as Josh

Sullivan Jones as Aaron

Brooke Bloom as Bridget

Eboni Booth as Samantha

William DeMeritt as Pierre

Credits:

Directed, written by Jeremy Hersh

Cinematographer: Mia Cioffi Henry