Woodford County

On a snowy, winter morning in north Texas a young woman sprints from the back door of her farmhouse and disappears into the woods. When Paul, a policeman from a neighboring town comes to investigate he finds the young woman’s mother, Adelaide, tending to the aftermath. Through their interaction we learn of a tumultuous past between mother and daughter, between Adelaide and Paul, and how the line between wrong and right is often drawn thin by the ghosts of our past.

  • Carolynn Cecilia
  • Carolynn Cecilia
  • Kenzie Ross
  • Eileen Weisinger
    Key Cast
  • Maxwell Scott
    Key Cast
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    19 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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    Digital, Panasonic EVA
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Director Biography - Carolynn Cecilia

Carolynn Cecilia is a Writer/Director based in NYC, but born and bred in Florida and with all the Southern trappings it entails. As a filmmaker, Carolynn works diligently to tell stories that prioritize emotional connection and humanize characters who are often their own worst enemies. In 2015 she was hired by David Bowie to write, produce and creatively direct an Instagram based film interpreting the emotion of Bowie’s album, Blackstar. Carolynn has also built a career as a respected Script Supervisor and Script Consultant. When not on set she is a faculty member at the New York Film Academy where she teaches Intro to Screenwriting and Directing.

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Director Statement

As a Filmmaker I am deeply interested in origin stories; how did we begin and when did we first go wrong? Woodford County is an examination of my own origin story as a young woman growing up in the south with a complicated mother and no knowledge of who my father was. Instead of focusing on my own lived experience, however, I chose to explore this story through the fictionalized relationship of the two people who started it all. As a director I wanted to navigate both the simplicity and the complexity of two characters having a conversation while still maintaining a dynamic energy between the actors and their interactions within a small, confined physical space. My overall goal as a storyteller was to empathize with the characters of Adelaide and Paul despite their flaws and broken parts. Could a more nuanced understanding of these characters lead to a real life comprehension of the choices that have shaped my world?