Oswego Film Group Presents Winter’s Bone

Submitted by the Oswego Film Group

Jennifer Lawrence stars in the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Best Picture winner Winter’s Bone—part of the Oswego Film Group’s Best of the Festivals series—screens at 7 PM on Tuesday, November 23 at the Oswego Public Library. The screening is free and open to the public.
Jennifer Lawrence stars in the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Best Picture winner Winter’s Bone—part of the Oswego Film Group’s Best of the Festivals series—screens at 7 PM on Tuesday, November 23 at the Oswego Public Library. The screening is free and open to the public.

The Oswego Film Group (OFG) continues its Best of the Festivals series with a free screening at 7 PM on Tuesday, November 23 of Winter’s Bone in the Community Room of the Oswego Public Library (120 East Second Street). A discussion will follow the film.

Set deep in the Ozarks, Winter’s Bone is Ree Dolly’s story. Seventeen-year-old Ree (played by Jennifer Lawrence in a stunning performance) takes it upon herself to track down her father. Following his arrest for manufacturing crystal meth, he’s vanished after putting the family’s house up for bond; if her father fails to show up in court, Ree, her mother, brother, and sister will lose the very little they have.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Daniel Woodrell, Winter’s Bone was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture (as well as the Waldo Salt Award for Best Screenplay) at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Winter’s Bone is director Debra Granik’s second feature; her 2004 film Down to the Bone won the Best Director’s prize at Sundance.

Winter’s Bone runs 100 minutes and is rated R [See Full Rating]for some drug material, language and violent content. The film’s website is http://www.wintersbonemovie.com/

The Oswego Film Group (formed in 2005) is dedicated to bringing quality independent film to Oswego and fostering a community of interested film goers. For more information, please visit OFG’s blog: http://oswegofilmgroup.wordpress.com/, e-mail OFG at [email protected], and visit OFG on Facebook.

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  1. Great Movie!! I was raised in the Missouri Ozarks area where the film was set and filmed. This is the part of the US that loves Sara Palin, Rush Limbaugh (who is from Missouri) and voted for GW Bush twice. I have to say that the film was amazingly “true to life” in every detail. I would also like to say that you don’t have to be desperately hungry to hunt and eat squirrels either. It is considered very good food in the hills. I have eaten it many times and it is delicious when cooked correctly.

    I have been dismayed reading many of these reviews calling it a “fake” and/or “phony” and contrived film. I do understand that the character of Ree Dolly certainly has many wonderful and admirable qualities that seem to have developed in a vacuum. Ree Dolly needs to be that sort of character for the rest of the film to work and not simply be a documentary of the endless poverty endured in the Ozarks for generation after generation. I grew up EXACTLY in that part of Missouri and Ree’s character aside, it is EXACTLY correct in the look, the language and the behaviors there.

    I would also like to address the meth epidemic that has raced across huge sections of the rural Midwest America. I was raised in the Ozarks from 1963 until 2009 and I watched the moonshiners lose out as Sunday Blue Laws and Dry County Laws were voted down or abandoned. Then marijuana became THE big cash crop that survived and thrived for many years until “Daddy” Bush’s anti-marihuana laws poured in tons of money to local law enforcement and new laws confiscating lands forced the richer growers indoors. It was finally in the mid 1990s when you began to see meth force out ALL the remaining marihuana farmers and moonshiners. Counties began to get in meth dealing Sheriffs and the old games were OVER. In my Ozark County (Morgan) during the late 1990s a deputy sheriff’s home mysteriously exploded and then was investigated by the FBI. I watched as the marijuana became hard to find and evil meth take over.

    The people of the Ozarks have always been clannish, hostile to outsiders and proudfully ignorant and primitive in their opinions of society and politics. Those traits are nothing new or something that manifested due to meth. But the introduction of meth has struck down many good men and women who might have made the culture a tiny bit more tolerant or hopeful.

    But along with the continuing devastation of multi generational poverty and vastly inferior schools there is also a great beauty in the land and the people of the region that you can see in a couple of short films shot in the Ozarks at. They both contain REAL footage of the real homes people have to live in there. This first film is primarily of people’s homes.


    or my longer version at:


    Many an unbelievably gifted musician lived and died in those hills never having recognition from anyone outside of the hills.

    I strongly urge everyone to watch this movie because it is VERY
    truthful and realistic of how parts of the US survive. It also shows a part of America that is VERY often overlooked because many are (rightfully) ashamed that this sort of 3rd world poverty exits in the US. I personally feel that the Federal US government needs to inject a LOT more funding and OVERSITE of the rural school districts in order to overcome the generations of prideful ignorance that governs the mindset of many born into that rural America culture.

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