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Dec 5 – Dec 11, 2008


Dir. Lance Hammer USA 96 min Not Rated

2008 Strand Releasing

In English

A single mother and her embattled son struggle to subsist in a small Mississippi Delta township. An act of violence thrusts them into the world of an emotionally devastated highway store owner, awakening the fury of a bitter and longstanding conflict. With the boy’s future hanging in the balance, the two adults must reckon with the past while together searching for a new way forward.

“A serious achievement and a welcome sign of a newly invigorated American independent cinema.” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times)

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Independent Spirit Award Nominations:
Best Feature;Best Director (Lance Hammer);Best First Screenplay (Lance Hammer);Best Female Lead (Tarra Riggs);Best Supporting Male (JimMyron Ross);Best Cinematography (Lol Crawley);

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