Nicole Riegel was named one of Variety’s 10 directors to watch in 2020, and was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 Faces of Independent Film. Her debut feature film HOLLER is opening this Friday, June 11th in select theaters and on VOD platforms, and Riegel spoke with Cherry the Geek TV about the film and what audiences can expect.
The film takes place in a forgotten pocket of Southern Ohio where American manufacturing and opportunity are drying up, and stars Jessica Barden (Netflix’s The End of The F**king World, The Lobster, Pink Skies Ahead) as Ruth, a determined young woman who finds a ticket out when she is accepted to college. Alongside her older brother, Ruth joins a dangerous scrap metal crew in order to pay her way. Together, they spend one brutal winter working the scrap yards during the day and stealing valuable metal from the once thriving factories at night. With her goal in sight, Ruth finds that the ultimate cost of an education for a girl like her may be more than she bargained for, and she soon finds herself torn between a promising future and the family that she would leave behind.
The film also stars Gus Halper as Ruth’s brother Blaze, Austin Amelio (The Walking Dead Universe’s Dwight) as the scrap metal boss Hark, Becky Ann Baker (Freaks and Geeks) as Ruth’s factory co-worker and friend Linda, and Pamela Adlon (Better Things) as Ruth’s mom Rhonda.
Holler will be in select theaters and VOD platforms Friday, June 11th from IFC Films.