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Gas Food Lodging

Released 1992
Distributor IRS Media

Allison Anders’ film about the perils of small town romance premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992 and became a touchstone for independent filmmakers. Brooke Adams plays a single mom raising two teens in a New Mexico trailer park. Ione Skye and Fairuza Balk play her daughters, each navigating their own rocky love affair (Balk won Best Female Lead at that year’s Independent Spirit Awards).

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About Josh Olson

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History Of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay. He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits. The ten-part audio drama Bronzeville which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (The Game) recently wrote and sold the feature spec Trigger Warning, which is being produced by Thunder Road. Josh is the host of Trailers From Hell's official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!

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Eric S.

Excellent to have fresh commentary from you, Josh. Indeed, what a great era for indie cinema that was.