Presented By:Zach Clark
With Little Sister, noted indie director Zach Clark and co-writer/producer Melodie Sisk have crafted a sensitive, sympathetic Rubik’s Cube commenting on the new American family. They introduce us to an ex-goth training to be a nun, a mother who has no coping skills, and a hero vet who is deeply scarred in more ways than one—and that’s not even the entire family.
The year is 2008. Barack Obama is coming into office, bringing hope for a new day in America. In Asheville, Joani Lunsford (Ally Sheedy) is trying for a fresh start for her family, pleading via email for her daughter Colleen (Addison Timlin) to come home. Colleen has traded in her goth garb for a nun’s habit. We discover that Colleen left home with a vengeance for a reason, but she agrees to come back for five days, returning to a bedroom that has not been touched since she left. As the story unfolds, we get to know the subtle, damaged, and complex characters that Clark and Sisk have built into this family unit. Crucial to the story is her brother Jacob (Keith Poulson), a physically and mentally scarred veteran who no longer sees value in anything, even as he still understands the desire of everyone to make him feel normal. His fiancée Tricia (Kristin Slaysman) has demons and complexities of her own.
Like a Rubik’s Cube, or a real-life family, Clark and Sisk’s characters make some wrong moves. But the depth of each character as they move toward a scintilla of peace makes for a very unique experience, showcasing who we think we are—and who we really are once the cube stops turning. (Eric Cotten)Director Bio
Zach Clark is the writer/director of Modern Love Is Automatic (MDFF 2009), Vacation! (2010), and White Reindeer (MDFF 2013). In addition to editing his own films, he’s edited such features as Dance Party, USA (2006), Unexpected (MDFF 2015), and Always Shine (also screening within MDFF 2016). His films have screened across the US and Europe at festivals including SXSW, Outfest, Edinburgh, and Stockholm. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.