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Fort Maria
Directed by
S. Cagney Gentry and Thomas Southerland

USA / 2018 / 84

East Coast Premiere
In English and Bulgarian with subtitles

Screening Times and Venues:
Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
10/12/2018, 10:00PM
Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
10/13/2018, 7:00PM

Through the use of improvised dialogue and deadpan delivery, this rendering of female friendship and caring delivers a ‘fly on the wall’ look at the inner and outer aspects of its diverse characters' lives. Set in the modern day south, Fort Maria slowly and deliberately unspools the tale of a group of loosely connected women who all find themselves, in various ways, victims of isolation. First we meet Maria, a Bulgarian immigrant unable to leave her home after a traumatic incident. When her adopted daughter's beloved dog dies, Maria forms an unexpected relationship with her helpful neighbor. Parallel to that, Meredith, her adopted daughter, is off on a quest to discover her biological family. With elegant cinematography, this black-and-white journey immerses viewers in a world that, like the women in it, is charming, engaging and totally distinct. A true testament to the ability of movies to provide a peek into others’ lives.
Max Wexler
S. Cagney Gentry is a filmmaker from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is a faithful Demon Deacon and a child of Appalachia. His debut feature, Harvest, was an exploration of aging and solitude deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The film played several festivals across the country and was awarded one of the top prizes at the Athens International Film + Video Festival

Thomas Southerland's first narrative feature, Proud Citizen won the Jury Prize at the New Orleans Film Festival in 2014. The film won 8 other jury and audience awards at festivals around the country, and is streaming on Fandor. His two short documentaries, Lamp and Lonely Kingdom, screened at numerous festivals in 2016 and 2017. Lonely Kingdom won the Best Documentary Short Jury Prize at the Charlotte Film Festival.

Cast/Featuring: Katerina Stoykova, Joan Brannon, Jamie Hickman, Meredith Crutcher
Executive Producer(s): Daniel Klemer, Mark B. Greene, Naomi Uechi
Producer(s): S. Cagney Gentry, Thomas Southerland, Paul Harrill
Director(s): S. Cagney Gentry and Thomas Southerland
Screenwriter(s): S. Cagney Gentry, Thomas Southerland
Cinematographer(s): S. Cagney Gentry, Thomas Southerland
Editor(s): Thomas Southerland
Production Designer(s): Naomi Uechi
Composer(s)/Music: Otto Helmuth
Sound Designer(s): Thomas Southerland
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