PELHAM, NY — On Wednesday, June 20th at 7:30 p.m. The Picture House Regional Film Center (TPH) will host an advance screening of Leave No Trace followed by a Q&A with the Academy Award-nominated director Debra Granik. The film is set to have its theatrical debut on June 29th.
Leave No Trace tells the story of war veteran Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), who have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.
After the film, TPH critic-in-residence Marshall Fine will moderate a discussion and Q&A with Academy Award nominated director Debra Granik. Granik studied politics at Brandeis University and her first forays into operating a camera and collaborating on political documentation were with Boston-based media groups such as the Women’s Video Collective. After clocking considerable time in the world of educational media production, she had the chance to work on several long form documentaries by Boston-based filmmakers. From there, she moved to New York City to attend New York University’s Graduate Film Program.
At NYU, Granik made several short films, one of which, Snake Feed, garnered an award at Sundance. She expanded the story from Snake Feed into a longer script which formed the basis for the feature Down to the Bone, created with her producing partner, Anne Rosellini. Down to the Bone, was awarded the Best Director prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Her next film, Winter’s Bone, was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Granik and co-writer Rosellini were Oscar nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Tickets to the advance screening and discussion are $15/general admission, $12/students, seniors, and members and are available at www.thepicturehouse.org or at the box office, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803.