Dove Creek, West Virginia, was once a flourishing American mining town. Now, this post-industrial community is in decline. Cole Freeman (Philip Ettinger) works as a nursing home aide looking after the elderly, but he can hardly make ends meet even by dealing in illegal painkillers on the side. Like many of his generation, he is looking for a way out, but opportunities are few in this rapidly changing landscape. Cole belongs to a generation who feel trapped by a toxic combination of existential fear, lack of opportunity and powerlessness.

Debut screenwriter Elizabeth Palmore adapted Carter Sickels' novel of the same name into an empathetic drama about the search for meaning in times of economic disaster. Director Braden King brings this tale to life with calm staging, tender performances and passionate music. Although the makers paint a sombre picture of hard times in rural America, hope and spiritual redemption shine through in this intensely atmospheric film.

This film is also shown in the Big Screen Tour 2020.

Filmmaker
Braden King
Premiere
International premiere
Country
USA
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
115’
Language
English
Producer
Lucas Joaquin, Braden King, Derrick Tseng
Production Company
Secret Engine, Truckstop Media
Sales
Film Constellation
Writer
Elizabeth Palmore
Cinematography
Declan Quinn
Editor
Andrew Hafitz, Joseph Krings
Production Design
Debbie De Villa
Music
Michael Krassner, Tim Rutili, Boxhead Ensemble
Cast
Philip Ettinger, Stacy Martin, Cosmo Jarvis, Michael Trotter, Kerry Bishé, Marc Menchaca, Ross Partridge