Ron Hall lives in southern Missouri, where he has a parking lot for campers. For seven years, his only companions were his four dogs, but he has recently been joined by his wife Alicia, who just arrived from Mexico. This new cohabitation is an important test for Ron, a Vietnam veteran and a biker who is very close to his travel companions along the roads of America. Alicia and her two children represent a source of great change for him and the chance for a new existence.
Debra Granik (Cambridge, MA, USA, 1963) studied political science at Brandeis University and Edinburgh University. She received her degree in film from New York University, where she received a prize for best short with Snake Feed (1997). Her first feature film, Down to the Bone, won the prize for best director at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. Winter’s Bone was nominated for four Oscars, including best picture, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and the Turin Film Festival.
Snake Feed (cm, 1997), Down to the Bone (2004), Un gelido inverno (Winter’s Bone, 2010), Stray Dog (2014).
“As a filmmaker, my roots are in documentary observation. I like to work with non-professional actors in authentic settings in my narrative fictions, to impart an underlying sense of realism. For me, narrative is an attempt to look closer, but documentary is different, and it’s a humbling process. Documenting daily life cannot be scheduled and bossed around. You can’t capture everything that you want. You can’t demand re-takes. Shooting and editing a documentary film is often a wayward and confounding journey of finding the narrative in a teeming mass of available material. It’s another way to approach the dynamic between the narrative and quotidian aspects of storytelling, which continues to motivate my work.”
montaggio, coproduttore/film editing, coproducer
Ron «Stray Dog» Hall, Alicia Soriano Hall, Felipe Angel Padilla Soriano, Felipe de Jesús Padilla Soriano, Cristy Thomas, Robin Smith, Cynthia Smith, Theodore Smith, Evelyn Maylath Hall, Al Maylath
Still Rolling Productions