Two Ways Home

A young woman living with bipolar disorder struggles to care for her cantankerous grandfather and his dilapidated farmhouse, all while trying to reconcile with her estranged 12-year-old daughter.

  • Ron Vignone
    Director
    Say I Do
  • Richard Schinnow
    Writer
  • Tanna Frederick
    Producer
  • Kim Busbee
    Producer
  • Tanna Frederick
    Key Cast
    "Kathy"
  • Tom Bower
    Key Cast
    "Walter"
  • Rylie Behr
    Key Cast
    "Cori"
  • Joel West
    Key Cast
    "Junior"
  • Tricia Linklater
    Co-Producer
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 32 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 14, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    250,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:85
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Coronado Island Film Festival
    Coronado, CA
    United States
    November 12, 2020
    San Diego
    Grand Jury Award Winner - Best Narrative Feature
  • Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival
    Fort Myers Beach
    United States
    September 22, 2020
    Florida
    Grand Jury Winner, Best Picture
  • Marina del Rey International Film Festival
    Marina del Rey
    United States
    October 19, 2019
    Grand Jury Prize - Best Feature Film
  • Awareness Festival
    Los Angeles
    October 8, 2019
    Grand Jury Prize Narrative Feature Film
  • Women Texas Film Festival
    Dallas
    August 17, 2019
    Texas Premiere
    Jury Prize - Women Empowerment Award
  • Syracuse International Film Festival
    Syracuse, NY
    United States
    October 12, 2019
    Finalist, Best Feature Film
  • Dances With Films
    Los Angeles
    United States
Distribution Information
  • Gravitas Ventures
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Airline, Video / Disc, Paid TV
Director Biography - Ron Vignone

Ron is an award-winning director whose filmmaking revolves
around issues that are deeply personal and important in his life.
Two Ways Home, his latest effort, is an edgy slice of Americana about a woman living with bipolar condition who aims to reunite with her estranged teenage daughter in their sleepy Iowa hometown. “Taking the shame out of our conditions” was a theme that drew him to making the film.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Vignone’s work as a filmmaker has focused on protagonists who embark on a physical journey while struggling with their deeply conflicted interiors. Ron’s inspirations come from compromising situations while traveling, his family, great literature, and strong Italian coffee.

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Director Statement

Once in a blue moon a unique story comes along that yearns to be made into a motion picture. It seduces you with an idiosyncratic journey, engages you with distinctive characters, and ultimately wins you over to fight for it into cinematic form. This was my experience with Two Ways Home, the story of Kathy, a strong woman struggling with bipolar disorder who returns home to rural Iowa and attempts to sew her family relationships back together. Her desire to reconnect with her teenage daughter fuels her determination against great odds –the most threatening being the shame she carries from her wavering mental health and rejection from her family. In no uncertain terms, the story of Kathy’s outward and inward journey home sparked the desire to make this film about “taking the shame out of our conditions”. This was the big idea that was explored through every step of making the film.
Helming this subject matter was tricky business. Nobody is immune to mental illness, and yet it is only recently that we as a culture have started to address the massive stigma around the issue. It was of utmost importance to me to depict Kathy’s condition with honesty and humanity; to dignify this woman’s courageous journey and show that what she struggles with doesn’t stop her from living. Like so many of us, she learns to live with it. As life likes to teach us, we often find our strength from our perceived greatest weakness.
I’m drawn to stories that have the power to heal. They are rare, and both a blessing and a curse. –A curse, because plots of this nature run the risk of being overbearing. –A blessing, because if you are lucky to find the right balance, they take on a unique power of their own and are worth all the struggle of doing them. With my deepest respect to our cast, crew and everyone involved in making this movie, I feel we ALL found that balance together.