Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Pearblossom Hwy

Year: 2012
Country: USA, GREECE
Run Time: 78 minutes

Pearblossom Hwy
Pearblossom Hwy

Cory Lawler is pretty much a screw-up. He records himself on video, excited about maybe getting on a reality show. But Cory’s far removed from reality. He gets high and fronts a metal band in a desert dive bar. Cory hopes for something out of life. His mom is dead, and he doesn’t know his dad. The muddled existential questions he asks himself are earnest. Meanwhile, Cory’s friend Anna leads a life of quiet desperation. An immigrant whose family wants her to become a U.S. citizen, she calls her grandma in Japan incessantly -- though granny doesn’t seem to want to talk. Anna wanders along the highway, having sex with strangers in dimly-lit motels for money. Cory and Anna set out on a road trip to find his dad. But is there really anywhere for them to go? A depiction of alienated young lives in search of connection, PEARBLOSSOM HWY is the second in Mike Ott’s Antelope Valley trilogy. (In English and Japanese with subtitles) – B.B.

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Director
Mike Ott

Mike Ott studied at the California Institute of the Arts where he received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Film/Video. In 2011 Ott won an Independent Spirit Award as "Someone to Watch."

Filmography
"Analog Days" (2006), "Littlerock" (2010), PEARBLOSSOM HWY (2012), "Lake Los Angeles" (2014)

Producers
Mike Ott, Atsuko Okatsuka, Frederick Thornton

Screenwriting
Mike Ott

Cinematography
Mike Gioulakis

Editing
David Nordstrom

Principal Cast
Atsuko Okatsuka, Cory Zacharia, John Brotherton, Stephen Tobolowsky, Roberto Sanchez

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