In this nuanced drama featuring a moving performance from Karen Allen, a sleepy, rural Pennsylvania town is shaken by the closure of the de facto community center: the local post office.
The day-to-day life of Colewell, Pennsylvania’s postmaster, Nora (a deeply heartfelt Karen Allen), is filled with small pleasures. Whether it’s feeding her chickens, making coffee, or tending to her work, the rather reclusive Nora is fulfilled with a sense of purpose and comfort. As she enters the twilight years of her life, her job security and livelihood are threatened when the postal service shuts down her quaint outpost. Forced to either retire or commute to an office in a neighboring town, Nora confronts the government suits, who don’t grasp the gravity of the situation. The townspeople Nora has served for decades come to her defense not only out of sympathy, but also out of frustration that, across the country, small town communities like Colewell are being disregarded. From local writer/director Tom Quinn (Film and Television Program Director at Drexel University), Colewell is a tranquil and beautifully composed character study filled with compassion, mystery, and a career-highlight performance by Allen as a woman struggling, like many, to hold onto her place in the world.
CAST: KAREN ALLEN, HANNAH GROSS, KEVIN J. O’CONNOR, DANIEL JENKINS
In Competition: Pinkenson Award
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