Writer and director Julia Hart last took on the wild world of Civil War America with her film “The Keeping Room,” a robustly feminist Western that earned high praise on the festival circuit in 2014 and 2015. But for her directorial debut, Hart is mining a different kind of frontier for crazy material: high school.
Set to premiere this week at SXSW, Hart’s “Miss Stevens” (which she co-wrote alongside her husband, Jordan Horowitz) follows a confused high school teacher (played by the always wonderful Lily Rabe) who is tasked with taking three of her students on a road trip to an out-of-town drama competition. Hijinks, we can only assume, ensue.
The film’s official synopsis reads: “Stuck at a crossroads in her personal life, it falls on Miss Stevens to chaperone three of her students — Billy, Margot and Sam — on a weekend trip to a drama competition. Exploring the fine line between being a grown up and being a kid, ‘Miss Stevens’ is about students becoming teachers and teachers realizing that the messiness of youth never really goes away.”
In preparation for the film’s premiere, we are pleased to debut the film’s first poster, which seems to perfectly telegraph the tone and feeling of Hart’s film.
Hart exclusively shared with Indiewire her thoughts on both the sweet poster and her newest feature: “The poster really captures all the feelings of the movie. It’s nostalgic yet something new. It’s beautiful with a little bit of mystery. We loved working with Anna to design it. She’s such a talented artist. And I’m SO excited to be debuting the movie this weekend at SXSW. It’s the perfect festival for this type of movie. Full of heart and positivity. I literally can’t wait.”
Check out our charming exclusive poster for “Miss Stevens” below.
“Miss Stevens” will premiere at SXSW on Saturday, March 12 at 3:30pm at the Vimeo Theater. Other screenings will play throughout the week.