Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Big Moccasin

Year: 2014
Country: United States
Language: English with subtitles
Run Time: 65 minutes

Big Moccasin
Big Moccasin
Big Moccasin
Big Moccasin

Winding through the rolling Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia is a 20-mile span of road called BIG MOCCASIN. There, directors Chelsea Moynehan and Andrew Moynehan introduce us to the unhurried lives of four locals: Geraldine, an ailing widow; Mouse, an avid hunter and, believe it or not, animal enthusiast; and chain-smoking Polo and his lifelong best friend Steve. In this shrinking community—where drinking and going to church are the most common ways to fill a day—these aging Appalachian residents fondly recall stories of their youth, while being keenly aware of the rapidly changing world around them and the uncertainty of their place within it. As seasons pass, the four individuals experience loss on multiple levels. Still, a sense of hope lies in the steady return of spring. Featuring country music by Folk Soul Revival, this poignant documentary showcases the Moynehans’ ability to capture the inherent beauty in their oft-overlooked subjects. (In English with subtitles) – E.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 9:20 PM

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Andrew Moynehan, Chelsea Moynehan

Andrew Moynehan and Chelsea Moynehan are a married directorial team from Bradford, England and Long Island, New York, respectively. Chelsea is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, and Andrew is a graduate of the University of the Arts in London. Chelsea, whose grandparents are from Appalachia, introduced Andrew to the region.


Andrew Moynehan, Chelsea Moynehan

Andrew Moynehan, Chelsea Moynehan

Andrew Moynehan, Chelsea Moynehan

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