Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths returns with a compelling family drama focusing on 13-year-old Sadie, played with quiet ferocity by Sophia Mitri Schloss, the troubled daughter of a soldier serving overseas who resorts to extreme measures when her mother begins dating another man. Ages 13+
Sadie is also screening as part of An Afternoon with Melanie Lynskey on Sunday, May 27 at SIFF Cinema Egyptian.
13-year-old Sadie lives in anticipation of her father's bi-weekly letters in the mail. He's been overseas for the past few years serving repeated tours in the U.S. military, and Sadie knows the only reason he isn't coming home is because their country needs him more—he's a hero. But waiting isn't easy. Sadie lives in a trailer park with her mother, whose relationship with her husband is strained if not non-existent. She spends her days writing troubling and violent essays at school, and her evenings messing around the park and adjoining junk yard with her best friend and neighbor, Francis. When a cocky ex-pilot moves in across the way and develops a romantic relationship with her mother, Sadie makes a dark decision to stop at nothing to protect her family from crumbling beneath her. Sophia Mitri Schloss (star of SIFF 2017's Lane 1974) leads this story with a quiet ferocity and provides a painful window into the life of a girl dealing with every emotion non-stop and at full-weight, up to the point of combustion. Seattle-born Megan Griffith (The Night Stalker, Eden) directs this dark family drama with music by Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, and co-starring Melanie Lynskey ("Togetherness") and Tony Hale ("Veep," "Arrested Development").
After receiving her MFA in directing from Ohio University, Megan Griffiths relocated to Seattle, Washington in 2000. Her films include The Off Hours (2010), Eden (2012), and Lucky Them (2013), which was filmed in and around the Seattle area. Griffiths is also a board member of The Northwest Film Forum. In 2012 she was awarded The Stranger Genius Award for film.
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- Director: Megan Griffiths
- Principal Cast: Sophia Mitri Schloss, Melanie Lynskey, Danielle Brooks, Tony Hale, John Gallagher Jr.
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: USA
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 96 minutes
- Producer: Lacey Leavitt, Jennessa West
- Screenplay: Megan Griffiths
- Cinematographers: T.J. Williams Jr.
- Editors: Celia Beasley
- Music: Mike McCready
- Filmography: The Night Stalker (2016); Lucky Them (2013); Eden (2012); The Off Hours (2011); First Aid for Choking (2003)
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: ICM Partners