After finishing her usual route, school bus driver Lesley begins a final inspection. Distracted by the unusual appearance of a bluebird on a freezing January evening, she neglects to check the back of the bus. Concurrently, Marla heads straight to the bar after her shift. Caught up in self-loathing and looking for solace, she longs to forget her responsibilities. In the morning both women discover that their slight negligence has resulted in serious consequences, cracking the quiet of their small town. Family bonds begin to fray, and the community is shaken like a snow globe as it struggles to reconcile the past and present.
The interconnectivity of life is perfectly displayed in this first feature from writer/director Lance Edmands. His absorbing drama uncovers the many layers of life that link us in unexpected ways. Atmospheric cinematography establishes a lucid sense of space, filling the shadowy corners of the logging town with the prevailing cold. Edmands’s nuanced film portrays a world dictated by life’s cyclical nature, where our control is minimal and forgiveness is necessary.
Length: 90 minutes
Director: Lance Edmands
Screenwriter: Lance Edmands
Producer: Garrett Fennelly, Kyle Martin, Alexander Schepsman
Editor: Dino Jonsater
Cinematographer: Jody Lee Lipes
Production Designer: Inbal Weinberg
Executive Producer: Julien Gaubert, Julia Godzinskaya, Laura Heberton, Andrew Neel, Michael Sackler, Susan Shopmaker, Christine Vachon, Emily Wiedemann
Composer: Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
Co-Producer: Brad Payne, Lizzie Nastro, Erika Wasserman
Cast: Amy Morton, John Slattery, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade, Margo Martindale, Adam Driver
Costume Designer: David Tabbert
LANCE EDMANDS is a Maine native and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His award-winning thesis film Vacationland screened at dozens of festivals worldwide. He has edited several acclaimed features, including Tiny Furniture, and directed commercial campaigns for Chevrolet and Blue Cross. Bluebird is Edmands’s feature debut.