Director: Natalia Kaniasty
United States, 2015, 14 min
Shooting Format:Super 16
Cast:Brett Mack, Lydia Gibson, Charles Beikert, Jason Gamble, Gretchen Barbor, J.R. Sherburne
Crew:Executive Producers: Aleksandra Kaniasty, Krzysztof Kaniasty - Producers: Eric Cohen, Lara Sfire - Screenwriters: Natalia Kaniasty - Cinematographer: Federico Cesca - Editor: Natalia Kaniasty - Composer: Jason Gamble, Brendon Bassler
Bobby, an emotionally withdrawn veteran, returns to his rural Pennsylvania hometown where he struggles to adjust to daily civilian life. As pressure mounts from his loved ones on the eve of deer hunting season, Bobby has to decide whether or not he can relive this cherished tradition, reconnect with his former sweetheart, and ultimately rejoin normal life.
About the director
Natalia Kaniasty grew up outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the small college town of Indiana, famous for being the birthplace of Jimmy Stewart. Raised by Polish emigrants, her life has continually straddled two differing, yet at times strangely similar worlds in America and Poland. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts Filmmaking program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Natalia enjoys exploring human themes that bridge the gap between different cultures, and in her case, the two places she calls home.
Home Range came from the desire to depict my hometown community located in the hills of Western Pennsylvania. I wanted to tell a story specific to that region but one with universal overtones. Small town communities of rural Western Pennsylvania have a strong tradition of service to the country. In recent years I myself have observed many men and women – my former classmates, friends and neighbors – returning home after deployment. Today a lot of effort goes into helping our veterans, however psychological distress and hardship amongst them are at unacceptable levels. It was important for me to give our service men and women a voice.