Director/writer John Sayles continued on his fiercely independent path with this critically acclaimed but audience-dividing 1999 drama starring Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as a star-crossed lounge singer and David Strathairn as a handy man with a mysterious past. Sayles uses his formidable talents as a novelist to fashion an unpredictable storyline fleshed out with memorably intriguing characters including Kris Kristofferson as a sinister small-time criminal, “Smilin Jack” Johannson. The film won several festival awards and was nominated for Palme d’Or at 1999’s Cannes Film Festival.
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, 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!