Little Woods

US Narrative Competition

World Premiere

USA | 105 MINUTES

LITTLE WOODS

Drama, Female Director(s), African American Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Female Screenwriter(s), Tribeca Film Festival Alumni
Ollie (Tessa Thompson) is just getting by in economically depressed Little Woods, a fracking boomtown in North Dakota. She has left her days of illegally running prescription pills over the Canadian border behind her, eyeing a potential new job that would finally break her out of the small town. But when her mother dies, she is thrust back into the life of her estranged sister Deb (Lily James), who is facing her own crisis with an unplanned pregnancy and a deadbeat ex (James Badge Dale). On top of everything, the two find they have only one week to settle the mortgage on their mother’s house or face foreclosure. As both bills and pressure mount, Ollie faces a choice: whether to return to a way of life she thought she’d left behind for just one more score. Writer-director Nia DaCosta’s debut is an emotionally-charged small-town thriller that weaves timely themes of economic downturn and the opioid crisis into its intimate story of two sisters just trying to get by. A lived-in film anchored by an authentically drawn sibling bond, Little Woods speaks to both the big and the small of the working class struggle in rural America.

—Cara Cusumano

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Nia DaCosta

Nia DaCosta is a writer and director based in New York City. DaCosta and her feature project, Little Woods, have been supported by the Sundance Institute, the San Francisco Film Society, and the Time Warner Foundation. Little Woods, which stars Tessa Thompson and Lily James, is her first feature film.
Director
Nia DaCosta
Producers
Rachael Fung, Gabrielle Nadig, Tim Headington
Screenwriter
Nia DaCosta
Cinematographer
Matt Mitchell
Editor
Catrin Hedstrom
Composer
Brian McOmber
Executive Producers
Lia Buman, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fred Berger, Tom Dolby, Susanne Filkins, Abdi Nazemian, David S. Stone, David Boies III, John Boccardo, Derek Esplin, Tessa Thompson
Co-Executive Producers
Stephanie DeVaan, Ethan Yake, Patty Quillin, Theresa Page
Cast
Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale, Lance Reddick

CONTACTS

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