The Jameson First Shot competition has been pairing emerging filmmakers with talented Hollywood stars for five years now. The participants in the 2016 edition not only had the pleasure of Kevin Spacey serving as one of the producers on their film, but were also able to work with Maggie Gyllenhaal in the lead role. While all three films have their own charm, the one that struck me the most was Kat Wood’s Home. In the film, Gyllenhaal plays a homeless woman who is too prideful to accept help from a homeless outreach worker (played by Glenn Plummer). Wood’s script does a wonderful job of bringing both humanity and grace to the piece. Despite what the central character endures, Wood’s direction and Gyllenhaal’s understated, but strong, performance ensures that she never feels like a victim. If the beautifully subtle and pleasantly surprising Home is any indication of things to come, then Kat Wood has a promising filmmaking career ahead of her.
Director: Kat Wood / USA/ 2016/ 9 minutes
Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Glenn Plummer