For teenage Nola (Sabrina Carpenter), home is the open road. Her self-reliant father (Steven Ogg) is her anchor in a life of transience. The pair criss-cross the United States in a lovingly refurbished RV, making ends meet through odd jobs while relishing their independence. A shocking rupture, though, casts Nola out on her own. She makes her way to Albuquerque, New Mexico in search of a mother she never knew, only for her motorhome to break down unexpectedly. But after forging a bond with an auto body shop owner (Danny Trejo), Nola senses the possibility of mooring her ship in this storm.
With an eye for quiet detail, Ani Simon-Kennedy emphasizes the precariousness of young people surviving on the fringes of a country ravaged by income inequality. This unforgiving backdrop makes The Short History Of The Long Road’s hope for Nola all the more moving and a poignant coming of age tale. It is ultimately Carpenter’s movie: she sinks into Nola’s wise but searching old soul in a breakout performance, endearingly detailed and compellingly internal.
Shot in Iceland, Days of Gray is a silent film with an original musical score by Hjaltalin a seven-piece orchestral Icelandic band. Days of Gray has been screened as a special ciné-concert with Hjaltalin performing the score live. The soundtrack was nominated for Best Score at the Icelandic Film Awards and won Best Album at the Icelandic Music Awards.
Called "an assured debut that should attract attention on the fest circuit and connect with musical tastemakers" by the Hollywood Reporter, Days of Gray has screened at film festivals worldwide, winning Best Emerging Narrative at the 2014 Oaxaca Film Festival.