Once Upon a River Directed
Haroula Rose USA / 2019 / 95 minutes New York Premiere
Times and Venues:
SAUGERTIES Orpheum Theater
WOODSTOCK Upstate Films
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Haroula Rose, Kenadi DelaCerna, John Ashton, Coby Goss, Lindsay Pulsipher
Based upon the 2011 novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell, Once Upon A River is the story of a Native American teenager, Margo Crane, in 1970s Michigan. Margo, played by talented first-time actor Kenadi DelaCerna, takes life into her own hands to travel the Stark River in search of her estranged mother. Margo uses the skills she was taught by her father to survive on her own, while along the way she meets many colorful characters. Most importantly, she encounters a man named Smoke, played by John Ashton, who has all but given up on life. Despite the harsh conditions, caught beautifully on camera, Margo is ultimately able to stay true to herself as she discovers what it means to live on her own terms. — Sierra Slaughter
BIO: Haroula Rose works in both fiction and nonfiction filmmaking. Her directorial debut, Once Upon A River, was named one of the most anticipated films of 2019 by Filmmaker Magazine and is currently on the festival circuit with upcoming screenings around the world. Rose's pilot, Lost & Found, created in partnership with Warner's Project 150, starring Melonie Diaz, Terence Nance, Will Janowitz, and Jennifer Lafleur, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Rose's work has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, Tribeca's All Access and Warner Brothers Directing Workshop. Her short films include Wedding Dress, Baby Crazy, and As They Slept.
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