Thursday: Film Festival

Thursday Sept. 15 | 7 PM | Palace Theatre


film-holler.jpgIn a forgotten pocket of Southern Ohio where American manufacturing and opportunity are dying up, a determined young woman finds a ticket out when she is accepted to college. Alongside her older brother, Ruth Avery joins a dangerous scrap metal crew in order to pay her way. Together, they spend one brutal winter working the scrap yards during the day and stealing valuable metal from the once thriving factories at night. With her goal in sight, Ruth finds that the ultimate cost for an education for a girl like her may be more than she bargained for, and she soon finds herself torn between a promising future and the family she would leave behind.

Nicole Riegel's debut feature "Holler," about a young woman who becomes a scrapper, is a film to treasure—an intimate drama about family and work, steeped in details that can only have been captured by a storyteller who lived them. -Matt Zoller Seitz,

The film, which Riegel has said is semiautobiographical, explores a lot of issues, including how opioid addiction and loss of work has decimated old factory towns in the Rust Belt, but it also evokes a hopefulness that keeps it from being exploitative. -Sandie Angulo Chen