Cast: Tony Hale, Malin Akerman, Lucas Zumann, Jordana Spiro, Shea Whigham, Liana Liberato, Kara Hayward
Down a long rural road in 1960s Oklahoma, shy Iris walks alone to high school, only to be bullied and barraged by rocks from local boys. Bold, enigmatic newcomer Maggie steps in, coaxing Iris to find her own confidence. Filled with secrets, Maggie wrestles with her own magnetic attraction to a mysterious woman in town. This alluring and highly stylish film, featuring supporting turns from Malin Akerman (Billions) and Tony Hale (Veep), captured hearts at Sundance, acutely revealing the tensions of coming of age as an outsider in a God-fearing farm town.
Martha Stephens is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts directing program. Her micro-budget feature films, Passenger Pigeons (2010) and Pilgrim Song (2012) both premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. With longtime friend Aaron Katz, Stephens co-wrote and co-directed Land Ho! which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics and won the John Cassavetes Award at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Her latest feature, To the Stars, had its premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.