Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 2 Mon, Sep 28, 2015 7:30 PM
Film Info
Runtime:100 min,
Year Released:2014
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Debra Granik
Cast:Ron "Stray Dog" Hall


Real to Reel: A Documentary Film Series: Sponsored by Stuart & Ginger Polisner


With Director DEBRA GRANIK in Person!
Monday, September 28 at 7:30 pm • Members $10 | Public $15 • Includes Reception

Debra Granik, director of the acclaimed Winter’s Bone, continues her deep exploration of rural American life in this powerful new documentary about the complex life of Ron “Stray Dog” Hall (who played Thump Milton in Winter’s Bone), a Vietnam veteran from southern Missouri.

Debra Granik could have gone in any number of directions after the success of Winter’s Bone. She decided to focus on a documentary portrait of Ron “Stray Dog” Hall (who played Thump Milton in the 2010 film), an aging biker and RV park manager from southern Missouri. When we are introduced to Hall and his friends, they appear to be the very image of “middle America” held by New Yorkers: hard-drinking (moonshine, no less), gun-toting, tattooed motorcycle freaks. Slowly, gradually, another image comes into view, of a man who has been permanently altered by his tours of duty in Vietnam, who has come to terms with himself and acquired a rare wisdom and patience in the process, and who is now dedicated to helping his friends, his loved ones, and his fellow vets. This is a moving film about community and the bonds that hold it together; in its surprising second half, when the children of Hall’s Mexican wife arrive in Missouri, it is also a vivid snapshot of a changing America. (USA, 2014, 100 min., DCP | Dir. Debra Granik)

Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik provides plenty of surprises in her superb slice of American life on the margins…In an era when many coastal Americans’ ideas of the heartland poor come from hicksploitation TV series, Stray Dog provides a very welcome corrective.”- Andrew Barker, Variety