New American Cinema

Sweet Virginia

Year 2017
Runtime 105 mins

A former rodeo champ befriends a young man with a propensity for violence.

In this neo-noir thriller, former rodeo champion Sam (Jon Bernthal, THE WALKING DEAD) has retired peacefully and set up as the owner of a motel in small-town Alaska, enjoying the peace and quiet at the edge of civilization. Until, that is, Elwood (Christopher Abbot, GIRLS) rolls in, commits a triple murder, and goes into hiding in Sam's motel. As the two get to talking, and even become friendly, this subtle and slow-burning story twists back and forth, through past and present, all the way to its high-stakes conclusion.

SWEET VIRGINIA, one of the Hollywood Black List's most anticipated screenplays of 2012, is deftly handled by director Jamie M. Dagg, with the writing provided by brothers Benjamin and Paul China - all resulting in a Coen-esque, darkly entertaining Americana thrill ride.


Canada United States
Attending Guests
Director | Writer Jamie Michael Dagg at both screenings
Tribeca, Atlantic International Film Festival
Jamie M. Dagg
Executive Producer
Rian Cahill, Jesse Savath, Aram Tertzakian, Nate Bolotin
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Chris Ferguson, Fernando Loureiro, Robert Vasconcellos
The China Brothers
Jessica Lee Gagné
Duff Smith
Brooke Blair, Will Blair
Jon Bernthal, Christopher Abbott, Imogen Poots, Rosemarie DeWitt, Odessa Young