In a forgotten pocket of Southern Ohio where American manufacturing and opportunity are drying up, a determined young woman finds a ticket out when she is accepted to college. Alongside her older brother, Ruth Avery joins a dangerous scrap metal crew in order to pay her way. Together, they spend one brutal winter working the scrap yards during the day and stealing valuable metal from the once thriving factories by night. With her goal in sight, Ruth finds that the ultimate cost of an education for a girl like her may be more than she bargained for, and she soon finds herself torn between a promising future and the family she would leave behind.

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Nicole Riegel


Director: Nicole Riegel
Executive Producer: Adrienne Becker, Abigail E. Disney, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Nick Quested, Gretchen McGowan, Karah Preiss
Producer: Katie McNeill, Jamie Patricof, Christy Spitzer Thronton, Rachel Gould, Adam Cobb
Screenwriter: Nicole Riegel
Cinematographer: Dustin Lane
Editor: Kate Hickey
Production Designer: Lance Mitchell
Sound Designer: Demetri Evdoxiadis
Music: Gene Back
Principal Cast: Jessica Barden, Gus Halper, Austin Amelio, Grace Kaiser, Pamela Adlon, Becky Ann Baker
Additional Credits: Digital Intermediate Colorist: Philip Beckner, Costume Designer: Ciara Whaley


Publicity Contact
Jim Dobson
Sales Agent
ICM Partners
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Drama
Screening Section: Narrative Feature Competition
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 90 mins