Competition Narrative Feature
Directed by: Hannah Black and Megan Petersen
USA, 2020, 84m
Endlessly heartfelt and bursting with charm, Drought follows Sam (writer/co-director Hannah Black), a young woman longing to find a compassionate community for her younger brother Carl, who’s on the autism spectrum. It’s 1993, and a storm is about to relieve their small North Carolina town of its worst drought in history. Sam agrees to take Carl, who is obsessed with weather, on a journey in their mother’s stolen ice cream truck to chase the storm. Joined by their estranged sister Lillian (co-director Megan Petersen) and family friend Lewis (Drew Scheid, Halloween, 2018), the small but mighty group set off to follow the storm and develop a taste for what it feels like to chase their dreams along the way. Executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass (The Puffy Chair, FFF 2006) and winner of the Seed&Spark Hometown Heroes Rally, Drought is a delightful and reflective comedic-drama, unafraid to examine how we shield ourselves by protecting the ones we love and embracing what it means to have a family—“normal” or not.