Directed by Lance Hammer
Michael J. Smith, Sr.
A double prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival and one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2008, Ballast is a stunningly evocative story of personal catastrophe and communal redemption.
In the cold winter light of the Mississippi Delta, three lonely people stumble under the weight of a shared tragedy. Lawrence (Micheal J. Smith, Sr.) is paralyzed with grief after the loss of his twin brother. Twelve-year-old James (Jimmyron Ross) drifts into the perilous orbit of local teenagers while his single mother, Marlee (Tarra Riggs), is too exhausted from her menial job to interpret the clues. When sudden violence forces mother and son to flee their home in the night, they alight desperately on Lawrence’s property. Though this provides safe harbor, it rekindles the fury of a bitter, longstanding conflict. Writer-director Lance Hammer and his gifted cast of local, non-professional actors have created an unflinching, profoundly humane story of lost souls forced by circumstance to seek solace in the most unlikely of places.
AN ALLUVIAL FILM COMPANY
PRODUCTION AND RELEASE
MICHEAL J. SMITH, SR., JIMMYRON ROSS, TARRA RIGGS, JOHNNY MCPHAIL
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: JEREL LEVANWAY
COSTUME DESIGNER: CAROLINE ESELIN-SCHAEFFER
PRODUCTION SOUND MIXER: SAM WATSON
SOUND DESIGNER & RE-RECORDING MIXER: KENT SPERLING
SUPERVISING SOUND EDITOR: JULIA SHIRAR
DISTRIBUTION MARKETING: STEVEN RAPHAEL
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: ANDREW ADAMSON, JOHN HAMMER, MARK JOHNSON, AIMEE SHIEH
PRODUCERS: LANCE HAMMER, NINA PARIKH
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: LOL CRAWLEY
WRITER-DIRECTOR-EDITOR: LANCE HAMMER
-- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
-- Robert Koehler, Variety
“THE VERY LIFE OF LIFE...”
-- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
-- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
-- Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe
“REMARKABLE, UNFAILINGLY INTELLIGENT...”
-- Elena Oumano, The Village Voice
“POETIC & PROFOUND...”
-- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“A PERFECT FILM...”
-- Jeff Shannon, The Seattle Times
“A STUNNING PIECE OF WORK...”
-- David Fear, Time Out NY
“MYSTERIOUS, POETIC... WHOLLY ORIGINAL...”
-- Scott Foundas, LA Weekly
2008 Sundance Film Festival - Dramatic Directing Award
2008 Sundance Film Festival - Excellence in Cinematography Award
Interested in bringing Ballast to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.
Ballast may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.
RT' @NuartTheatre': We had such a wonderful time with' @Miss_GraceJones' and director #SophieFiennes on Friday night! Make sure you catch #Bloo…
RT' @musicboxtheatre': Hey Chicago, GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI opens this Friday at the Music Box! Showtimes & Advance Tickets: https:/…
RT' @ArmandoDMunoz': Grace Jones on stage with Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami director Sophie Fiennes. Another unforgettable Friday night a…
RT' @latimesmovies': From oysters to hula hoops, the fantastic worlds of 'Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami'' https://t.co/TPzdeZDVtM'
RT' @musicboxtheatre': Need another reason to see GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI at the Music Box? Here is Grace Jones at the London premie…
RT' @pitchfork': '.@JanelleMonae' owes her success to Office Depot and Top Ramen' https://t.co/LZX4QjhUoP'
RT' @IndieFocus': "I'm flexible within the world of art. I see art in everything." Grace Jones & Sophie Fiennes on GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AN…
RT' @zeitgeistfilms': BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY is out today on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD! If you didn't catch this wonderful doc in theate…
RT' @sxsw': In one of his final roles, Anton Yelchin stars with Lucie Lucas as fleeting lovers in this gorgeous film, steeped in melancholy a…
Inquiries & Press
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871
Press & Media
For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 212-629-6880.