November 3-12, 2019

The Short History of the Long Road

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Teenage Nola (Sabrina Carpenter) grew up on the open road with her beloved father Clint (Steven Ogg) – two nomads against the world. The pair crisscross the United States in a lovingly refurbished van called The Hulk, making ends meet through odd jobs while relishing their independence. After a shocking rupture, Nola is cast out on her own. She realizes life as an outsider may not be her only choice. Engaging with others to integrate herself into a society she has never known, she forges a bond with an auto body shop owner (Danny Trejo) and senses the possibility of mooring her ship in this storm.

As Nola makes her way to Albuquerque, New Mexico, she solidifies unexpected relationships, including reconnecting with her estranged mother (Maggie Siff), that may provide the roots she needs to stay in one place. As she slowly expands the connections in her life, she is faced with the decision to get off the road for the first time, or to forge onwards alone – with only her wits and memories as her road map.

Filmmaker Biography

Raised in Paris and based New York, Ani Simon-Kennedy is a feature film, documentary and commercial director. Under the banner of Bicephaly Pictures, she collaborates with cinematographer Cailin Yatsko on socially-conscious stories. Her first feature film, Days of Gray, played at top festivals around the world with an original live score by Icelandic band Hjaltalin. The sci-fi silent film was deemed “an assured debut” by The Hollywood Reporter. She has directed award-winning campaigns for Colgate, Smirnoff, Intel, GlamourThe New Yorker, and Vice. Her work has received support from the Sundance Institute, the Tribeca Film Institute, IFP, Film Independent, Chanel and AT&T. Her second narrative feature, The Short History of the Long Road, premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.


  • a/perture cinema, Winston-Salem, NC. Sunday 11/3/2019
  • Broward College, Davie, FL. Thursday 11/7/2019
  • South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Cutler Bay, FL. Friday 11/8/2019
  • Tropic Cinema, Key West, FL. Sunday 11/10/2019
  • Allied Arts, Milledgeville, GA. Monday 11/11/2019
  • The Capitol Arts Center, Bowling Green, KY. Tuesday 11/12/2019