2:30pm SATURDAY, 9/29
(Narrative, United States) A musical drama set in small-town Iowa, SAINTS REST tells the story of two estranged sisters, who over the course of one summer, form a connection through their shared love of music, as they grieve the recent death of their mother.
RATING: Intended for Teen Audiences or older. Contains adult language.
Director: Noga Ashkenazi
Noga Ashkenazi is an Israeli Writer/Director, who studied Filmmaking at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, and holds a degree in Theater and Dance from Grinnell College, where she graduated as Valedictorian of her class in 2009. Her first feature-length film as Director/Producer was the documentary, “The Grey Area: Feminism Behind Bars”, which depicts the lives of inmates at a maximum-security women’s prison in Iowa, and explores women’s issues in the Criminal Justice System. The Grey Area premiered at the ArcLight Cinemas Documentary Film Festival in Los Angeles, and won the Best Documentary Award at the Julien Dubuque Int’l Film Festival in April, 2013. The film also screened at the Sarasota Film Festival and at the Through Women’s Eyes Int’l Film Festival in Florida. The Grey Area was picked up for distribution by Women Make Movies and was released on DVD in 2013. Press coverage for the film includes a positive review in Filmmaker Magazine, a DVD recommendation from the renowned Ms. Magazine, and articles in The Des Moines Register, The Fix Magazine and The Altoona Herald. “Saints Rest” is Ashkenazi’s narrative feature debut as writer/director.