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Logline: A poet impulsively leaves her husband and daughter in NYC and immerses herself into an enclave of artists in the Appalachian Mountains, NC. When she falls for a local female kayak instructor, things get complicated.
A poet who feels silenced by her obligations as a wife and mother runs to her aunt’s country house, immersing herself into an enclave of artists in the Appalachian Mountains. A season of kayaking and flirtation seems to salve Jane’s wounds, but when she falls for a local female kayak instructor, things get complicated.
The wildflower-strewn countryside, the deep South, and colorful local residents will all be a part of this film inspired by observational documentaries and John Cassavettes. Using a combination of actors and non-actors, the dialogue will be improvised, and bluegrass musicians will be woven into the story.
Director – Emilie McDonald
Writers – Emilie McDonald, Bruce Smolanoff
Producer – Caitlin Mae Burke ("Approaching the Elephant," "NUTS!")
Director of Photography – Jake Ladehoff
Additional Camera – Cassie Goodluck-Johnson
Executive Producer – Gill Holland ("It Felt Like Love," "Bass Ackwards," "The Catechism Cataclysm")
Production Designer – Andreea Drogeanu Costume Designer – Courtney Newman DIT / Still Photography – Erin Fisher ("Quiet City")
About the Film:
QAL is partially inspired by the amazing community who live in Weaver Hollow. Some have always lived in the mountains; others are visitors. People of all ages, sexual orientations and ethnicities accept each other. It’s beautiful, especially in light of the racism and homophobia that still exists in surrounding areas.
My aunt Jackie and uncle Zollie have lived by the river for years. I’ve spent many lazy days tubing, meeting local artists, and watching musicians play mandolin, fiddle and banjo while others clog. There’s been much laughter and much dreaming. I’m excited to share some of these experiences in QAL.
Current Status: Fundraising; Production began Aug. 28, 2015.