2011 / USA / Color / Sound / 64min
Chris Lambert, Austin Will, Erik Jensen, Audrey Kovár, Dusty Decker, Mandy Treanor
Directed, edited, photographed, produced by
Brenda Jackson, Joel Clark
Sam Kuhn, Austin Will
Jeremiah Marshall, Scott Nearing, Andrew Creasy
A loving portrait of small-town America, sun-filled days, and easy livin’.
Small-town slacker Jason still lives at home with his mom Shelly (played by newcomers Chris Lambert and Mandy Treanor). Content with idle days, Jason spends his time navigating joblessness, sipping on tall boys, and shooting the shit with his two pals, Tyson and Noah (Austin Will and Erik Jensen, Kosmos, In Search of the Miraculous). Their casual pursuit of relaxation cause Jason to make a mistake that leads to hurt feelings and creates tension at home. Thus, he sets off with his pals deep into the backwoods, to visit an old friend (Dusty Decker) and try his hand at redemption — all the while maintaining a phlegmatic, possibly fleeting crush with longtime friend Lacy (Audrey Kovár, Summer Snapshot).
At once poetically sublime and playfully comedic, lyrical and sardonic, Country Story is a tender and loving homage to small-towns and quieter landscapes. Defined by both fiction and verité, Country Story honestly portrays the everyday drama that can exist anywhere.
"Remarkable, unmannered authenticity."
— Nick Dawson, FILMMAKER
"Ian Clark tells his story with lyricism, brevity, and framings that are truly aware of what they’re showing [...] A very particular small-town tale, and—therefore—a truly universal one."
— Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente
Ian Clark • ian (at) incproductions (dot) org