The Unknown Country

Nominated for John Cassavetes Award

John Cassavetes Award given to the best feature made for under $1,000,000; award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.


Writer/Director/Producer: Morrisa Maltz

Writer: Lily Gladstone

Writers/Producers: Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux, Vanara Taing

Producers: Katherine Harper, Laura Heberton, Tommy Heitkamp


After a devastating loss, Tana (Lily Gladstone) packs up her grandmother’s Cadillac and hits the open road to South Dakota, reconnecting with family, finding closure, and making unexpected connections along the way. A personal reverie summoned from a beguiling mix of fact and fiction, The Unknown Country is an arresting debut feature from Morrisa Maltz.