James (Ryan O’Nan) returns from Iraq to face a new battle—reintegrating into his small-town life in Texas. His wife (America Ferrera), his mother (Melissa Leo), and his friend (Jason Ritter) provide support, but they can’t fully understand the pain and suffering he feels since his tour of duty ended. Lonely, James reconnects with an army buddy (Wilmer Valderrama), who provides him with compassion and camaraderie during his battle to process his experiences in Iraq. But their reunion also exposes the different ways that war affects people—at least on the surface.
This moving, taut story of redemption and reconstruction extends beyond a post-traumatic-stress-disorder narrative. O’Nan is heartbreaking as he explores the depths of his internal struggle; Ferrera fearlessly tackles her role of a young wife in turmoil. The Dry Land is about one man’s fight within his own terrain—his country, home, and mind—and his journey to rebuild what he’s lost. [Description provided by Sundance Film Festival].
“The Dry Land”
Director: Ryan Piers Williams
Screenwriter: Ryan Piers Williams
Cast: Ryan O’Nan, America Ferrera, Jason Ritter, Wilmer Valderrama, Melissa Leo, June Diane Raphael
Executive Producer: Sergio Aguero, America Ferrera
Producer: Heather Rae
Composer: Dean Parks
Cinematographer: Gavin Kelly
Editor: Sabine Hoffman
Casting Director: Jeanne McCarthy, Nicole Abellera
Spanish/English with English subtitles