Grants & Awards


– by Liza Johnson

    1. Fiction

    2. Date Awarded: Winter 2010

    3. Directors(s): Liza Johnson

    1. Producer(s): Noah Harlan, Ben Howe

    2. Location: USA

    1. Film Status: Completed

    2. URL: » Return site

    3. Distribution: Focus World

About the Film:

Back from a tour of duty, Kelli can’t wait to rejoin her old life in the rust belt town she’s always lived in. She’s ready to experience the old feelings of everyday life– the carpet under her bare feet, a cold beer in front of the television, the smell of her baby’s head. Slowly, though, she realizes that her everyday life doesn’t resemble the one she left. Struggling to find her place in her family and the rust-belt town she no longer recognizes, what can she reclaim of her share of the way of life she’s been fighting to protect?

About the Filmmakers:

Liza Johnson (Director) – Liza Johnson is an artist and filmmaker. Her work has been exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Walker Art Center, and the Centre Pompidou, as well as the New York, Berlin, and Rotterdam Film Festivals, among many others. She has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm and the Sundance Institute, and has published a number of articles and interviews about art and film. Johnson is Associate Professor of Art at Williams College.

Noah Harlan (Producer) – Noah Harlan is a producer of film, television, and new media.  He is the co-founder of 2.1 Films, an international development and production company.  Noah has produced numerous internationally acclaimed films including Raphael Nadjari’s feature films Tehilim (Cannes Competition 2007) & Avanim (Berlin Panorama Special Presentation 2004), as well as Plum Rain (Venice 2007). Noah received a 2008 Emmy Award for a short documentary piece produced with WGBH Boston and he was a 2008 Sundance Producing Fellow.

Festival & Award Highlights:

Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2011 – World Premiere
BFI London 2011