Archive of films Little Accidents / Little Accidents

2014, 105 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2014

How is it to be the only survivor of a mining accident? And how do you come to terms with the fact that your father wasn’t so lucky and now you have to take care of your brother with Down syndrome? Or maybe you’re the wife of a mining company supervisor who may be culpable for the tragedy. Set in small-town America, this grim drama from a talented debut director had its world premiere at Sundance this January.


"Small towns are a microcosm of America,” says screenwriter and director Sara Colangelo. "They are essential to our culture and history. People depend on each other more, so you can never forget that you are part of a community.” This talented creator set her debut in an Appalachian mining town devastated by tragic misfortune. The brooding sorrow that recently overwhelmed the inhabitants is intensified by the sudden disappearance of a teenage boy. Sole surviving minor Amos, young Owen, whose father died in the mine, and lonely Diana, the wife of a man who may bear some responsibility for the tragedy, are characters connected by a web of painful lies and oppressive secrets. In this sensitive and sincere meditation on guilt and conscience, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Lofland, and Elizabeth Banks excel. The filmmaker was invited, on the basis of her successful short film of the same name, to participate in the Writer’s Lab organized by the Sundance Institute, which provided support for her first feature.

About the director

Sara Colangelo

Sara Colangelo (1980) graduated in history from Brown University and in film from NYU. In 2006 her documentary Halal Vivero was a national finalist at the Student Academy Awards. The short drama Un attimo de respiro (2007) played at Tribeca and SXSW, and brought the filmmaker NYU’s prestigious Wasserman Prize for best direction. Her short graduation film Little Accidents (2010) won numerous honors, including awards from Seattle and the short film festival in San Francisco. In 2010 Filmmaker magazine named her one  of "5 New Faces of Independent Film.”


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About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Sara Colangelo
Screenplay: Sara Colangelo
Dir. of Photography: Rachel Morrison
Music: Marcelo Zarvos
Editor: Suzy Elmiger
Producer: Anne Carey, Jason Berman, Thomas B. Fore, Summer Shelton
Production: Archer Gray
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, Josh Lucas
Contact: Premiere Entertainment


Craig Kestel

Agent, Institution

Sara Colangelo

Film Director

Chris Trujillo

Film Crew


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