'Nora' is the examination of a moment of crisis. As a young woman finds her new husband severely injured on their farm, she is caught in the space between memory and necessity. As America's failing economy looms, the woman makes a decision that takes her on an internal odyssey through their life together. Shot on 35mm film, 'Nora' is an authentic portrait of America's working class.

  • Skyler Lawson
    Clayfist, Anon
  • Skyler Lawson
    Clayfist, Anon
  • Shepherd Ahlers
    Two Dollar Bill, Above Suspicion, Tragedy Girls
  • Kassim Norris
    It Eats You Up, Clayfist
  • Ty Fanning
    Key Cast
    Stratford Alabama, Home Run
  • Jessica Froelich
    Key Cast
    Scaler, Butterfly Kisses
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    Drama, Romance
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    11,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Skyler Lawson

Skyler Lawson is an emerging writer & director with his sight set on telling visceral stories that reflect American culture as he sees it. Lawson’s films are rooted in ethical as well as philosophical concepts, exploring human faith and morality. Each one of Lawson's films are trademarked with lush and evocative camerawork, paired with a challengingly dark undercurrent. His unflinching honesty often serves as a mirror of culture in the United States, but also offers an optimistic hand as it challenges the audience to look inward. His visual sensibilities are heavily influenced by his fine art background as a painter and later a designer. He graduated among the top of his class from Herron School of Art and Design with a degree in Visual Communication. A product of a third generation farm family from Indiana, Lawson's work is laced with themes authentic to the American working class. That work ethic has permeated his career. As he left his secondary education that was focused on design thinking, and visual execution, he applied that leadership training and high creative output to his narrative film work. What defines Lawson at the core of his work, is his ability to connect with his material intimately and translate it to screen in a way that invites the audience not only to look deeper into the unique worlds of his characters, but also themselves.

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Director Statement

I am a fourth generation son in a family of farmers. I did not take over for my father, as he did for his etc. My family saw that my heart was elsewhere and gracefully released me into the wild to be an artist, and now a filmmaker. I must honor that gesture and make my choice worth it. I have my whole soul in this project. “Nora” is a love letter to the life and responsibility that I gave up. I strive to honor my upbringing with my craft, and make sure that the America I know is woven deeply into the fabric of this narrative.