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A desperate single mother living in upstate New York resorts to smuggling illegal immigrants into the United States as a means of making ends meet in first-time feature director/screenwriter [[Performer~P551384~Courtney Hunt~courtneyhunt]]'s emotionally wrenching drama, winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Ray Eddy is in an impossible position; it's two days before Christmas and her husband has suddenly disappeared with all of the family savings. Now, as the newly single mother of two realizes the futility of attempting to cover the house payments on her meager Yankee One Dollar Store wages, her children are forced to exist on a nutritionally devoid diet of popcorn and Tang. Deciding that her only hope for survival is to find a man who will support her and her children, Ray sets out to find a husband but instead makes the acquaintance of street-smart Mohawk Lila Littlewolf. Lila, too, has been struggling to keep her head above water amidst economic despair, and has recently stumbled across a rather unconventional solution to her dire financial situation. Lately, Lila has been earning a living by smuggling illegal immigrants into the U.S., but her tribal elders vehemently disapprove of the scheme and have recently attempted to stop it by forbidding the local auto dealers from selling her a car. As fate would have it, Ray's Dodge Spirit may just be the only thing the destitute mother can count on anymore, and as this unlikely pair gas up the tank for a daring dash across the iced-over St. Lawrence River, their fates become forever intertwined in ways that neither could have ever anticipated. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:August 1, 2008

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Utah Film Critics Melissa Leo Best Actress 2008 Winner
National Board of Review Melissa Leo Spotlight Award 2008 Winner
Women Film Critics Circle Melissa Leo Best Actress 2008 Winner
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Melissa Leo Hanging in There Award for Persistence 2008 Winner
Florida Film Critics Melissa Leo Best Actress 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Melissa Leo Best Actress 2008 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Melissa Leo Best Actress 2008 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Melissa Leo Best Actress 2008 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Melissa Leo Best Actress 2008 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Melissa Leo Best Actress 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Melissa Leo Best Actress 2008 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Melissa Leo Best Actress 2008 Nominee
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Misty Upham Best Newcomer 2008 Winner
Utah Film Critics Misty Upham Best Supporting Actress 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Misty Upham Best Supporting Actress 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Heather Rae Producers Award 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Heather Rae Best Picture 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Charlie McDermott Best Supporting Actor 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Chip Hourihan Best Picture 2008 Nominee
National Board of Review Courtney Hunt Best Directorial Debut 2008 Winner
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Courtney Hunt Best Woman Director 2008 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Courtney Hunt Best First Film 2008 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Courtney Hunt Best Original Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Courtney Hunt Most Promising Filmmaker 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Courtney Hunt Best Director 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Courtney Hunt Best First Screenplay 2008 Nominee

Cast

Melissa Leo
as Ray
Misty Upham
as Lila Littlewolf
Charlie McDermott
as T.J.
Michael O'Keefe
as Trooper Finnerty
Mark Boone, Jr.
as Jacques Bruno
James Reilly
as Ricky
Bernie Littlewolf
Jay Klaitz
as Guy Versailles
Dylan Carusona
as Jimmy
Michael Sky
as Billy Three Rivers

Crew

Courtney Hunt
Director
Heather Rae
Producer
Chip Hourihan
Producer
Courtney Hunt
Screenwriter
Reed Dawson Morano
Cinematographer
Peter Golub
Composer (Music Score)
Kate Williams
Editor
Inbal Weinberg
Production Designer
Brian Rzepka
Art Director
Molly Conners
Co-producer
Alfonso Trinidad
Associate Producer
Charles S. Cohen
Executive Producer
Abby O'Sullivan
Costume Designer
Kevin Pazmino
First Assistant Director
Jay B. Itkowitz
Co-Executive Producer
Keri Latimer
Additional Music
Tony Volante
Re-Recording Mixer
Cory Melious
Re-Recording Mixer
Cory Melious
Supervising Sound Editor
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