The beauty of the land cannot mask the brutality of a farm town. As harvest draws near, Betty confronts a terrifying new reality and will go to desperate lengths to save her family when they are threatened with being forced from their land. An old friend, struggling to keep his own farm profitable by any means necessary-offers Betty a way out. She refuses to get involved, but as the pressures mount for her family and they are on the brink of eviction, her husband, Frank, reveals that he is seriously ill. How far will one to go to take care of one’s own? Recalling all that is heartland Americana and anchored by a beautifully nuanced performance by Joanne Kelly, Runoff combines an ecological urgency with a compelling yet sensitive story. Writer and Director Kimberly Levin joins us for a conversation on her inspiration for Runoff and how she was able to craft a film that trusts the intellectual instincts of the viewer. Levin is a filmmaker who originally trained as a biochemist. Runoff is Levin’s narrative feature debut.
“RIVETING… INEXORABLY POWERFUL… IMPRESSIVE… JOANNE KELLY SPARKLES” – VARIETY
“AS AN EXPERIENCE, IT’S AMAZING. IF YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO SAY YOU WERE THERE WHEN A GREAT AMERICAN FILMMAKER’S CAREER KICKED OFF, YOU NEED TO SEE RUNOFF.” – ROGER EBERT.COM
“IMPRESSIVE. THE TENSE, MOODY FILM, WHOSE ROILING UNDERCURRENTS LEND IT A RESEMBLANCE TO “WINTER’S BONE,” AND “FROZEN RIVER” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
“AS GORGEOUS AS IT IS RELEVANT… SUPERB… A BEAUTIFULLY COMPOSED TALE… EXCELLENT… STRONG AND SUPERBLY-SHOT” – INDIEWIRE
“KELLY’S LUMINOUS YET GROUNDED PERFORMANCE ANCHORS THE ENTIRE FILM… A VISUAL LUSHNESS AS HEADY AND BREATHTAKING AS THE RURAL LANDSCAPE” – BITCH MAGAZINE