Part of SFFILM Festival
San Francisco, CA 94103
Director Tom Quinn and actor Karen Allen are expected to attend both screenings; actor Hannah Gross is expected to attend the premiere on April 13.
In tiny Colewell, Pennsylvania, the residents gather at the post office for mail and gossip, while the days pass quiet and serene. That is until news comes that the office is to close, and beloved clerk Nora (a marvelous Karen Allen) is left to fight for her job and reflect on the choices she has made that kept her in Colewell for so many years. Touching, with a hint of melancholy, Tom Quinn’s eloquent film is an ode to small-town life and the quiet emotions that come with nostalgia and memories of the past.
As fears arise around her future and her past becomes ever more present, Nora states, “I don’t want to be lonely,” but what that means is elusive. Infusing Nora with integrity and grace, Allen captures the intimate and often private struggle that occurs later in life, when unexpected changes occur. Heartened by a great supporting cast including Hannah Gross and Kevin J. O’Connor, Colewell gorgeously captures rural America, while giving space to the beauty of time passing and reflecting on what determines a life well lived.
Tom Quinn is the Program Director for Film & Video at Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, a college of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to his work as a writer and director, he has also worked as an editor, a cinematographer, and as a visual-effects coordinator and producer. He made his feature directing debut with The New Year Parade (2008), winner of the Best Narrative Grand Jury Award at the Slamdance Film Festival and a nominee for Spirit Awards John Cassavetes Award.
Director Tom Quinn
Producer Craig Shilowich, Matthew Thurm, Alexandra Byer, Joshua Blum
Writer Tom Quinn
Editor Darrin Navarro, Tom Quinn
Cinematographer Paul Yee
Music Dara Taylor
Cast Karen Allen, Hannah Gross, Kevin J. O’Connor