Off the Map
March 11, 2005
Campbell Scott is becoming quite the factor on the indie scene these days. After breaking into the mainstream with performances in movies like Cameron Crowe’s Singles and the Julia Roberts co-starrer Dying Young, Scott focused instead on smaller fare, such as Kiss of the Spider Woman and his directorial debut Big Night. Last year, the under-rated actor received quite a bit of positive notice for his role in the little-seen Roger Dodger, and he follows up that fine performance as the primary character in The Secret Lives of Dentists along with directing the coming-of-age tale Off the Map.
Off the Map tells the story of an 11-year-old girl named Bo (newcomer Valentina d’Angelis) who spends the summer of 1974 observing her father (Sam Elliott) as he struggles with a crippling bout of depression.
Her family had recently moved to New Mexico to flee the pressures of the big city, an exodus that was widespread across the entire country during the ‘60s and ‘70s. An IRS agent who is investigating Bo’s parents for income tax evasion arrives on the scene and finds himself captivated both by the unusual family and the gorgeous landscape. The movie’s script by debut screenwriter Joan Ackermann is based on her play by the same name.
After it won a couple of awards at the Taos Talking Film Festival, Manhattan Pictures International picked Off the Map up for distribution. It should receive a limited release but has some well-known talent involved that might have the potential to push it to be a sleeper hit. (Kim Hollis/BOP)
October 31, 2003
The distributor has pushed the release date back to March 2004. (Jennifer Turnock/BOP)