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Cole, a popular, young health aide at a nursing home living in rural Appalachia, makes ends meet by redistributing excess medication from townies to local buyers. Among a community low on opportunities but seemingly awash in pill bottles, he envisions himself as a caretaker, genuinely fond of his suppliers and keeping addicted customers out of the path of the town’s menacing kingpin. The fragile balance of his double life is suddenly threatened when childhood friend Terry Rose returns after years away with plans to capitalize on what he perceives as Cole’s place in the local drug trade.

Director Braden King (Here, 2011 Sundance Film Festival) imbues warmth and authenticity throughout his depiction of this community and its surrounding landscape, allowing us to share in Cole’s deeply felt attachment to his home. This emotional connection amplifies the tension when his dilemma threatens the town's teetering future. Writer Elizabeth Palmore’s adaptation of Carter Sickels’s novel of the same name mines depth and nuance from its beautiful, damaged characters and finds compassion for even their most desperate choices.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY U.S. Dramatic Competition

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 115 min

COMPANY Secret Engine

WEBSITE https://www.secretengine.film

EMAIL info@secretengine.film

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Artist Bio

Braden King

Braden King’s previous work includes the feature film Here, the documentary Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks Its Back, the shorts National Disintegrations and Home Movie, and videos for Glen Hansard, Sonic Youth, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and Laurie Anderson. His films and installations have shown at venues including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Berlin International Film Festival, The Museum of Modern Art, and MASS MoCA.