Sponsored by Tobi L. Schneider
Oscar nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Girl, Birdman) delivers a stunningly true performance in the second film by writer-director Angus MacLachlan, the North Carolina-based playwright whose previous screenplays include Junebug, Goodbye to All That and Stone. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Abundant Acreage Available takes place entirely on a North Carolina farm and its surrounding area, and the land—besides Ryan!—is the film’s real star. It is the family farm of reformed alcoholic Jesse Ledbetter and his adopted sister Tracy, both pushing middle age, both quite solitary and rooted there. But one day, three men appear in a tent on their land and all the hard-won knowledge each felt they had is challenged.