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October Country
Directed by
Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher
USA / 2009 / 83 minutes

New York Premiere
Screening Times and Venues:
Woodstock Town Hall
10/03/2009, 7:15PM
Upstate Films II
10/04/2009, 3:15PM
"October Country" is a beautifully rendered portrait of an American family struggling for stability while haunted by the ghosts of war, teen pregnancy, foster care and child abuse. This vibrant and intimate documentary examines the forces that unsettle the working poor and the violence that lurks beneath the surface of American life.

Every family has its ghosts, some metaphorical, some literal. The Mosher family has more than most. Shot over a year from one Halloween to the next, the documentary uses rich visual metaphors and floats through multiple storylines to paint a portrait of a family who are unique but also sadly representative of the struggles of America’s working class.

Winner of the 2009 SILVERDOCS Grand Jury Prize for best US Documentary Feature, this is Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s directing debut.

Michael began directing film and television in 2001. He has collaborated with Garry Trudeau of Doonesbury, created visual branding for the Sundance Channel, and has directed over twenty music videos for such artists as Beck, The Strokes, Belle and Sebastian, The New Pornographers, The Foo Fighters, and The Bravery. His commercial work includes spots for Converse, Coke, MAC Cosmetics, and ESPN. Other notable collaborators include fine artist Tauba Auerbach, cinematographer Christopher Doyle, and the Academy award winning documentary filmmaker Rob Epstein. An adjunct professor of film and video at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, he now resides in Portland, Oregon. A wide selection of his work can be found at

Donal Mosher is a photographer, writer, and musician. His photo documentary work inspired the film "October Country". Portions of the project have been shown in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco's SF Camerawork as well as online at the Marjorie Wood Gallery. His fiction and non-fiction writings have appeared in SF Camerawork, Instant City, Satellite, Frozen Tears, and Life As We Show It - Writing On Film. Donal is also a principle subject of Robert Arnold's documentary film "Key of G," which focuses on life and work with a severely disabled young man. Selections of his writings and photographic work can be found at and

Producer(s): Michael Palmieri
Director(s): Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher
Cinematographer(s): Michael Palmieri
Editor(s): Michael Palmieri
Composer(s)/Music: Danny Grody, Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri, Kenric Taylor
Sound Editor(s): David C. Hughes (supervising sound mixer)

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