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The static living arrangement between three lonely souls living in a rural Mississippi Delta township is suddenly shaken up due to a tragic suicide in this intimate family drama from first-time writer/director Lance Hammer. Single mother Marley was barely getting by when her 12-year-old son James fell into a dangerous cycle of drugs and violence. Desperate to escape her current surroundings and save her son from becoming another statistic, Marley seeks safe harbor at a home on the property of Lawrence -- a man with whom she has been locked into a bitter feud ever since the birth of her son. Brought together by circumstance and left with little choice but to work through their hardships, Marley, James, and Lawrence do their best to move beyond the grief that has befallen them, and transform tragedy into the foundation for a new and hopeful future. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:October 1, 2008

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Toronto Film Critics Association Lance Hammer Best First Feature 2008 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Lance Hammer Most Promising Filmmaker 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Lance Hammer Best Director 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Lance Hammer Best First Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Lance Hammer Best Picture 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Lol Crawley Best Cinematography 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Nina Parikh Best Picture 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Tarra Riggs Best Actress 2008 Nominee

Crew

Lance Hammer
Director
Lance Hammer
Producer
Nina Parikh
Producer
Lance Hammer
Screenwriter
Lol Crawley
Cinematographer
Lance Hammer
Editor
Jerel Levanway
Production Designer
Mary Goodson
Production Designer
Andrew Adamson
Executive Producer
Aimee Shieh
Executive Producer
John J. Hammer
Executive Producer
Caroline Eselin-Schaeffer
Costume Designer
Kent Sparling
Sound/Sound Designer
Sam Watson
Sound/Sound Designer
Juan Mazara
First Assistant Director
Francine Thomas
Casting
Julia Shirar
Supervising Sound Editor
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