Isabella Rossellini’s latest installment of her nature web series Green Porno is the opposite of puritanical. She wouldn’t have used the word “porno” in the title if she planned to be coy. Instead, The Mammas video series on The Sundance Channel tells the truth about the animal world’s various and bizarre maternal rituals. Her inspiration for The Mammas came from (according to NPR) “the work of evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk. Zuk wrote that self-sacrifice was not the basis of maternal instinct but rather good management of resources.” And it’s not for the faint of heart.
|Rossellini as Mamma Spider.|
|Rossellini embraces her "mate."|
|Rossellini as part of a shrimp catch.|
There’s something marvelous about watching someone reinvent herself and embrace the new technology of multi-media video while she’s at it. You can see Rossellini’s videos on the website for The Sundance Channel.