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FEATURE NARRATIVE 82 Minutes World Premiere
Lola Kirke (Mistress America) shines as Joey, an aimless young woman searching for a direction in her small town in rural Pennsylvania. A visit to an Army recruiting office appears to provide her a path but when she meets and falls in love with Rayna (Breeda Wool), a rough and tumble housewife neglected by her long-haul trucker husband, that path diverges in ways that neither woman anticipated. As Joey falls deeper in love, she begins to lose sight of what’s most important to her while also becoming blind to the mistakes she is making.

Building from her award-winning short, writer-director Deb Shoval’s debut feature is a clear-eyed love story told with an assured voice and impressive attention to details of a small town life. Bolstered by two impressive lead performances from Kirke and Wool and a strong supporting cast, AWOL is a beautiful romantic drama that is both tender and tough in equal measure.

—Cara Cusumano
Drama, Female Director(s), NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
About the Director(s)
Deb Shoval (MFA Film, Columbia University) was raised in a Pennsylvania coal town where she now owns an organic vegetable farm. Shoval’s short film AWOL premiered at Sundance in 2011, winning awards from Kodak, Technicolor and Women in Film. Grants and fellowships include: Jerome Foundation, IFP, Frameline, FIND, US-in-Progress, TFI/IWC, and WIF/Tiffany’s. She lives in NYC with her wife, educator and playwright Tala Manassah.

Film Info
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    US Narrative Competition
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    82 minutes
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Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Deb Shoval
  • Screenwriter:
    Deb Shoval, Karolina Waclawiak
  • Producer:
    L.A. Teodosio, Jessica Caldwell, Michel Merkt
  • Editor:
    Jeffrey Wolf
  • Cinematographer:
    Gal Deren, additional camera by Jessica Bennett
  • Composer:
    Gingger Shankar
  • Executive Producer:
    Jim Lande
  • Co-Executive Producer:
    Jan Miller Corran, Tracy Scott Nadler, Walter Wiacek
  • Co-Producer:
    Andrew Hauser
  • Associate Producer:
    Anthony Cirurgiao, Christopher K. Edwards, Lisa Rees Henderson, Meghan Wilbur, Brooke Devine, Mogul
  • Consulting Producer:
    Maryam Keshavarz, Jenni Olson, Rose Troche
  • Line Producer:
    Meghan-Michele German
  • Cast:
    Lola Kirke, Breeda Wool, Dale Soules, Ted Welch, Bill Sage, Britne Oldford, Libby George, Charlotte Maltby, Sadie Butler, Hannah Dillon

  • Press Contact
    Morgan Ressa
    Los Angeles, California 90027
    Phone: 310 854 9373
  • Print Source
    L.A. Teodosio
    Race Point Films
    Provincetown, MA 02657
    Phone: 617 733 7865
  • US Sales Contact
    Jessica Lacy
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    Phone: 310 550 4000


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