Worth Watching - Sept 23: Lance Hammer's Ballast Trailer
Sony Pictures Classics has recently unveiled the trailer for Lance Hammer's award winning independent film titled Ballast. Like Little Children before it, the trailer for Ballast doesn't feature any actual dialogue, just ambient sounds from the film. It's an impressive and bold way to introduce audiences to it and I commend SPC for their unique marketing efforts on this. Ballast is a drama set in the Mississippi delta, where one man's suicide affects three people's lives. This won the directing and cinematography awards from Sundance earlier this year. Unfortunately I never saw the film but heard a few fairly positive things at the time. It seems like just another good looking indie drama to set your sights on this fall.
Ballast currently has a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with reviews saying that the film is "stinging emotional truth and raw grit, stark in its simplicity." While I don't feel like it'll have a promising theatrical release, I'm wondering whether Ballast will be one of those rare gems that gets passed by this year.
Watch the trailer for Lance Hammer's Ballast:
You can also watch the Ballast trailer in High Definition on Apple
Ballast is both written and directed by first-time filmmakerLance Hammer, who wrote and directed a short titled Issaquena previously. This film first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January this year, where it was picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. Ballast will arrive in limited theaters (in New York City only) starting on October 1st.