Arid Cut


Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:116 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Rob Nilsson
Producer:Michelle Anton Allen
Rob Nilsson
Marshall Spight
John Stout
Jeffrey Gliwa
Cinematographer:Mickey Freeman
Editor:Will Ouren
Cindy Katila
Cast:Train Schickele
Emily Corbo
Penny Werner
Stephen Ellis
Michelle Anton Allen
Russell Murphy
Tony Milliner
Dante Dunn
Print Source:Rob Nilsson


Sandy, the ever helpful Mother Teresa of 2nd St., suffers from seizures and lives in her car with her nephew, Rail, who came up on a motorcycle from home turf in San Diego, looking for his father in a place called Arid Cut. But nobody knows where it is. His girlfriend, Mitra, is on his trail, determined to help him see what they have together, and convinced he needs her on his mission. Lucille is the Charon of this River Styx. She drives Uber and lives with her mother in a van. Kali, a working girl, is stationed on the tracks with her ineffectual pimp, Oscar. Herbie, who looks like a USC Freshman, sells meth out of Pinto’s RV in order to keep his homeless brother in school. Ziggy, Travis, and Taylor remodel homes which are suddenly being razed under Eminent Domain. The race track is being torn down and a cordon sanitaire of condos going up around the neighborhood. There’s no more West to escape to.

EXPECTED GUESTS: Director Rob Nilsson, Producer Michelle Anton Allen

Additional Information

Bay Area filmmaker Rob Nilsson’s feature debut Northern Lights (1978), co-directed by John Hanson, won the Cannes Film Festival’s Camera d’Or. Among his many narrative and documentary features are Prairie Fire (1977); Signal Seven (1984); Heat and Sunlight (1987), winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival; Words for the Dying (1990); What Happened Here? (2012); and Permission to Touch (2015). In the 1990s, Nilsson collaborations with the homeless and inner-city residents through the Tenderloin Action Group and Tenderloin yGroup, produced such films as Chalk (1996), Noise (2002), and Go Together (2007). Arid Cut (2019) is the first film in Nilsson’s Nomad Trilogy.