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Grad-school-dropout Leigh spends seemingly endless days caring for her ill mother in her childhood home. A chance encounter with her ex, Cam, leads Leigh to make a last-minute decision to invite him on her solo camping trip. Falling into old patterns of familiarity is easy for the duo; what’s hard is facing deep-seated wounds between them that never healed. Between losing Cam's dog, tripping on mushrooms, drunken nights by the bonfire baring their souls, making up dumb songs, and jealous arguments, the "vacation" becomes a constant guessing game of whether or not the two will find themselves back together, or never speaking again.

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Carol Brandt



Director: Carol Brandt
Executive Producer: Lisa Dietlin, Toni Chappell, Susan Mikulay, Susan Ballje
Producer: Chris James Thompson, Suzanne Jurva
Screenwriter: Meredith Johnston
Cinematographer: Dana Shihadah
Editor: Carol Brandt, Chris James Thompson
Music: Warm Human, Rene Cruz, Will Van Boldrik
Principal Cast: Meredith Johnston, Rene Cruz, Stacy Parish, Chelsea Norment, Jake Bradley, Lilliana Winkworth, Christina Seo
Additional Credits: Sound Recordist: Ryan Meunier


Public Film Contact
Carol Brandt
Shaky Balloon Productions
Publicity Contact
Sylvia Desrochers
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Screening Section: Visions
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 75:00 mins