World Premiere – Fantasia Film Festival 2020
US Premiere – Austin Film Festival
“An astonishing journey into the American subconscious.” — The Hollywood News • “Like a Tom Waits song come to life … A striking debut.” — Film Threat • “It’s impossible not to empathize with [Matthis and Tann].” — The Film Stage • “Humanity … permeates through every frame.” — Sonic Cinema • “An original and important piece of filmmaking … deserves and demands an audience.” – Nightmarish Conjurings • “Mesmerizing” — Black Girl Nerds • “As much a psychological journey as it is physical, and one that never loses its sense of humanism and hope.” — Eye For Film (UK) • “A mesmerizing intersection of dreams and landscapes and finding empathy in the forgotten.” — Fresh Fiction
In this allegorical road movie touching on themes of homelessness, mental health, and addiction, two lost souls embark across a dreamscape America. Their darkly strange journey confronts them with their traumatic pasts, and bonds them in compassion and love.
Mary (April Matthis), a homeless drifter, is filled with anger and deep depression. When another drifter, John (Robbie Tann), inadvertently thwarts her suicide attempt, the two form an unlikely partnership across the American Midwest. John brings a certain innocence to their relationship, Mary, a hardened practicality. Mary’s destination is “anywhere but here.” John’s is a place that only exists in his imagination. Along the way they meet a series of figures — ghosts of the road, voices of other cast-outs — deemed disposable by culture. These encounters challenge and torment John and Mary as they journey through a landscape that offers little solace for those living the most precarious of lives. The final leg of their wanderings brings them to the place of John’s dreams where the gray of the real world melts into color and the troubles of their afflictions dissolve away. Over the course of their story, John and Mary come to understand that the home they seek is not a particular place within this country. As they discover in the end, their home is one another.
Principal Production Team
Director – Jason Neulander
Writers – Jason Neulander & Caridad Svich
Producers – Michelle Randolph Faires, Jennifer Kuczaj, Jason Neulander, Peter Simonite
Cinematographer – Peter Simonite
Editor – Mike Saenz
Mary – April Matthis
John – Robbie Tann
Providence – O-Lan Jones
Israfel – Scott Shepherd
Henri Gatien – David Patrick Kelly
For the rest of the cast and crew, please navigate to our IMDb page.