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SFFILM Festival

Palm Trees and Power Lines

Directed by Jamie Dack

USA | 110

27 Apr
Wed, Apr 27, 2022 at 5:30 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Jamie Dack is expected to attend.


It’s summer in southern California and 17-year-old Lea (Lily McInerny) is weary of her friends, her man-crazy mom (Gretchen Mol), and the banalities of life. When she meets charming, handsome Tom (Jonathan Tucker), twice her age, she responds to his attentive, flirtatious manner and never questions whether his intentions are less than noble or romantic. As Lea drifts further from her peers and parent and closer to the charismatic new man in her life, the realization that she may be swimming in treacherous waters begins to surface. First-time feature director Jamie Dack won the Sundance Film Festival US Dramatic directing prize for this brilliantly acted drama that depicts the thrills and dangers of adolescent sexuality with suspenseful aplomb.

Director Jamie Dack

An MFA graduate of NYU’s Graduate Film Program, Jamie Dack started out as a writer and director by making short films, including Palm Trees and Power Lines (2018), which premiered in the Cinéfondation section of the Cannes Film Festival and from which her first feature was adapted. She was selected for Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program and was a 2020 Film Independent Fast Track Fellow.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2022

Premiere California

Runtime 110

Country USA

Director Jamie Dack

Executive Producer Rae Swirnow, Judith Golden, Rhianon Jones

Producer Leah Chen Baker, Jamie Dack

Writer Jamie Dack, Audrey Findlay

Editor Christopher Radcliff

Cinematographer Chananun Chotrungroj

Cast Lily McInerny, Jonathan Tucker, Gretchen Mol

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.