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Almost Home
Directed by
Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen

USA / 2018 / 90

World Premiere

Screening Times and Venues:
Orpheum Theater SAUGERTIES
10/12/2018, 1:00PM
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
10/14/2018, 5:45PM

Q&A Attendees
*subject to change:
Jessica Blank, Erik Jensen
“This is the story of the girl who saved me,” the opening line of Almost Home, is the prelude to a captivating story of homeless “gutter punk” kids living on the streets of LA. Based on the book of the same name by Jessica Blank (who also serves as director with Erik Jensen), the film follows 13-year-old Elly, who runs away from a seemingly pleasant middle class home to follow Tracy, a beguiling 18-year-old runaway she meets after being bullied at school. Thrust into the rough gutter punk subculture, the kids form an unlikely unit while trying to survive the harsh realities of living on the streets. Both jarring and endearing, the bond Elly makes with the wiser and worn Tracy challenges the definition of family and leaves us to revisit the opening line, asking who was saved and who was the savior? The film is paced by a beautiful soundtrack that moves us through this gripping story. —Gene Fischer
Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen are actors, writers and directors best known for their award-winning play The Exonerated, which was made into a film starring Susan Sarandon and Danny Glover. Their play How to be a Rock Critic, based on the writings of Lester Bangs, has played across the country with Blank directing and Jensen starring. They are currently developing the feature film version of the play with Likely Story. Almost Home marks their feature directing debut. They live in Brooklyn with their daughter, Sadie.
Cast/Featuring: Hannah Marks, Rachel Zimmermann, Max Burkholder, Sam Dillon, Niko Guardado Sean Martini,
Executive Producer(s): Stephen Braun, Jack Rovner, Ken Levitan
Producer(s): Jessica Blank, Ross Putman, Steak House
Director(s): Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
Screenwriter(s): Jessica Blank, Erik Jensen
Cinematographer(s): Arlene Muller
Editor(s): Gordon Grinberg
Production Designer(s): Jeff Schoen
Composer(s)/Music: David Robbins
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