The Short History of the Long Road



Film Info
Section:Women in Focus
Premiere Status:Tennessee Premiere
Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ani-Simon Kennedy
Cast:Sabrina Carpenter
Danny Trejo
Steven Ogg
Jashaun St. John
Rusty Schwimmer
Maggie Siff
Producer:Kishori Rajan
Eddie Rubin
Darren Dean
Bettina Kadoorie
Screenwriter:Ani Simon-Kennedy
Cinematographer:Caitlin Yatsko
Editor:Ron Dulin
Music:Morgan Kibby


For teenage Nola (Sabrina Carpenter), home is the open road. Her self-reliant father (Steven Ogg) is her anchor in a life of transience. The pair criss-cross the United States in a lovingly refurbished RV, making ends meet through odd jobs while relishing their independence. A shocking rupture, though, casts Nola out on her own. She makes her way to Albuquerque, New Mexico in search of a mother she never knew, only for her motorhome to break down unexpectedly. But after forging a bond with an auto body shop owner (Danny Trejo), Nola senses the possibility of mooring her ship in this storm. With an eye for quiet detail, Ani Simon-Kennedy emphasizes the precariousness of young people surviving on the fringes of a country ravaged by income inequality. This unforgiving backdrop makes The Short History Of The Long Road’s hope for Nola all the more moving and a poignant coming of age tale. It is ultimately Carpenter’s movie: she sinks into Nola’s wise but searching old soul in a breakout performance, endearingly detailed and compellingly internal.