"Runoff" is a Bridgestone Narrative Competition Finalist in the 46th Nashville Film Festival, April 16-25th!
“These narratives represent the diversity of voices that can be heard around the world,” said Brian Owens, NaFF Artistic Director. “Not only that, but there is so much variety in form, style and genre – it’s a great group of films.”
The finalists were selected from nearly 1,400 entries. The narrative films are eligible for the Grand Jury Prize, Southwest Airlines Audience Awards, as well as several other festival awards.
Screenings times to come...
We are thrilled to announce that "Runoff" is coming to theaters spring 2015.
Monterey Media has acquired All US and Canadian rights for the film. "Runoff" will premiere theatrically in NYC and LA and half a dozen or more markets with the possibility of expansion. This strong theatrical commitment is a wonderful and rare coup for a truly independent film. There will be a six week dedicated theatrical window followed by a multi-platform VOD release including streaming, subscription, and transactional. The film with then be distributed in educational and ancillary markets.
More info to come with specific screening dates and times. The launch of "Runoff" depends on getting the word out, so please join us in spreading the news and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
"It’s a sad truth that first time directors have the hardest time finding distribution—without a famous family member or benevolent producer out to champion for it, that is. And while I tend to be the hard-nosed sort that thinks directors need to earn their kicks in this world and work their way up, it’s rare I find a film debut as polished and moving as Kimberly Levin’s Runoff. The small-town tale of a farm family whose business suffers as larger corporations offer lower prices. Joanne Kelly plays Betty, the wife trying to support her husband in his business, especially as his health starts to wane, while being the sort of mother who hand-sews her son’s Halloween costume and connects with her elder son about his hopes and dreams for life after high school. The film’s visuals beautifully capture the allure of family life on a farm, engendering the same sort of pride felt by the protagonists. Performances in the film are all around wonderful, but it’s the building tension of the film’s final act as Betty is faced with hard and fast decisions to make, that Joanne Kelly truly shines, becoming a woman who fights for the life her family has built. Levin, who also wrote the film, isn’t afraid to get a little dark, grappling with harsh realities and moral ambiguity. While there’s no end to films on the disenchanted American Dream, this one is an engaging quiet watch worth getting to see on the big screen. "
"The beauty of the land cannot mask the brutality of a farm town. As harvest draws near, determined matriarch Betty (Joanne Kelly, TV’s Hostages) confronts a few harsh realities: a failing business, her husband’s deteriorating health, and a family home on the brink of foreclosure. When presented with an illegal but well-compensated job offer (already turned down by her husband), Betty meets the challenge head-on. In Runoff, first-time writer/director Kimberly Levin follows Betty’s perseverance with astonishing narrative economy and bristling tension, anchored by Kelly’s indomitable central turn.
Please describe Runoff in your own words.
Kimberly Levin: The story unfolds in a place where on the surface there’s a pastoral beauty—it’s harvest time, the season is changing, the kids are making their costumes, getting ready for Halloween. But just beneath is the brutal reality of a farming town. Betty discovers a crisis threatening her family. Each way she tries to make things right is going to lead to someone getting hurt. In the end, she has to decide who to put first and who to sacrifice."
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"Months have passed since the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival wrapped, but many of our Festival filmmakers are still hard at work, making the rounds on the circuit. We caught up with writer-director Kimberly Levin, whose debut feature Runoff premiered at the Festival, about the current status of her film and what she’s learned on her travels. Here’s what she wrote:
On what’s new on the circuit:
We’re at the very beginning of our festival journey with Runoff. I’m very excited about the East Coast premiere that’s just been announced: we’ll be playing back-to-back the Hamptons International Film Festival on October 10 and 12 and the Woodstock Film Festival the next weekend on October 18 and 19."
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"NYC grad Kimberly Levin's directorial debut has already garnered praise after premiering at the LA Film Festival. She's proven that female directors can take on the thriller genre and begin to re-invent it. Runoffcenters on small farm town in Kentucky. Betty, the matriarch of the family, soon discovers a dangerous secret and must make a decision about who she will sacrifice. Levin and I got to chat at the festival about shooting in Kentucky, getting the indie made and how her background in biochemistry influenced the themes of the film. "
Filmed & Edited by Meredith Alloway
RUNOFF IS COMING TO NEW YORK
Just announced: the East Coast premiere of Runoff will be at the Hamptons International Film Festival — October 10 & 12. Thanks HIFF for the lovely programs notes!
"First-time writer/director Kimberly Levin follows Betty’s perseverance with astonishing narrative economy and bristling tension, anchored by Kelly’s indomitable central turn."
Great review in the Fall 2014 issue of Bitch Magazine!
"Runoff" teaser up exclusively on The Hollywood Reporter!
Nothing like a sound mix with Paul Hsu at c5. Getting everything ready for Los Angeles Film Festival June 12th & 15th!