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Poster for Drought
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Opens on April 22

Director: Hannah Black, Megan Petersen Run Time: 84 min. Release Year: 2021

Starring: Drew Scheid, Hannah Black, Jane McNeill, Megan Petersen, Owen Scheid

In 1993, Sam and her younger brother Carl, who is on the Autism spectrum, are stuck in their small, southern town. Carl is fascinated with weather and is predicting a storm out west while their town is in a historical drought.

Sam is left to take care of Carl when their mother is incarcerated for selling pot out of her ice cream truck. After Carl is fired from his job for one of his common outbursts, he convinces Sam to take him to chase the storm. Their estranged older sister Lillian shows up with her own agenda and finds herself in an ice cream truck with her younger siblings and their eccentric friend, Lewis. Along the way, this make-shift family learns about forgiveness, acceptance, and following your dreams.

Filmmakers Hannah Black and Megan Peterson will be on hand for very special post-film Q&As. 

Without even knowing each other, right at the same time, Hannah & Megan decided to take the leap into pursuing careers in acting. Both have degrees in unrelated fields, so their first stop was to get into an acting class. They both joined a two-year Meisner Technique class at Actor’s Arsenal, a studio in Wilmington, NC and became best friends.

While creating short films with their class, Hannah & Megan found they loved working and collaborating together. Since substantial roles for women are hard to come by, they decided to begin writing stories and characters that they would love to play, along with their super talented friends.

It was clear that this leap into acting was turning into full blown filmmaking! In 2017 they created, Same Page Pictures LLC to begin making feature films with the hope of showcasing their hometown and the talented creators that live in the area.

Hannah and Megan’s visit is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. Both filmmakers will also be joining our Girls + Screen program to share their experience as women filmmakers.

Indie, North Carolina, Drama

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