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THE SHORT HISTORY OF THE LONG ROAD

Directed by Ani Simon-Kennedy
FEATURE NARRATIVE 94 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE THE SHORT HISTORY OF THE LONG ROAD
For teenage Nola (Sabrina Carpenter), home is the open road. Her self-reliant father (Steven Ogg) is her anchor in a life of transience. The pair criss-cross the United States in a lovingly refurbished RV, making ends meet through odd jobs while relishing their independence. A shocking rupture, though, casts Nola out on her own. She makes her way to Albuquerque, New Mexico in search of a mother she never knew, only for her motorhome to break down unexpectedly. But after forging a bond with an auto body shop owner (Danny Trejo), Nola senses the possibility of mooring her ship in this storm.

With an eye for quiet detail, Ani Simon-Kennedy emphasizes the precariousness of young people surviving on the fringes of a country ravaged by income inequality. This unforgiving backdrop makes The Short History Of The Long Road’s hope for Nola all the more moving and a poignant coming of age tale. It is ultimately Carpenter’s movie: she sinks into Nola’s wise but searching old soul in a breakout performance, endearingly detailed and compellingly internal.

—Liza Domnitz
Drama
About the Director(s)
Raised in Paris and based New York, Ani Simon-Kennedy is a feature film, documentary, and commercial director. Under the banner of Bicephaly Pictures, she collaborates with cinematographer Cailin Yatsko on socially-conscious stories.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Ani Simon-Kennedy
  • Producer:
    Kishori Rajan, Eddie Rubin, Darren Dean, Cailin Yatsko, Ani Simon-Kennedy, Bettina Kadoorie, Dominique Telson
  • Screenwriter:
    Ani Simon-Kennedy
  • Cinematographer:
    Cailin Yatsko
  • Editor:
    Ron Dulin
  • Composer:
    Morgan Kibby
  • Executive Producer:
    Fred Bernstein, Shaohua Huang, Harris McCabe, Robert Menzies, Stu Pollard, Eric Schultz, Krios Song, Na Yang, Mike Han
  • Cast:
    Sabrina Carpenter, Steven Ogg, Danny Trejo, Maggie Siff, Rusty Schwimmer

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