The Short History of the Long Road
Ani Simon-Kennedy, filmmaker
Teenage Nola (Sabrina Carpenter) grew up on the open road with her beloved father Clint (Steven Ogg) – two nomads against the world. The pair crisscross the United States in a lovingly refurbished van called The Hulk, making ends meet through odd jobs while relishing their independence. After a shocking rupture, Nola is cast out on her own. She realizes life as an outsider may not be her only choice. Engaging with others to integrate herself into a society she has never known, she forges a bond with an auto body shop owner (Danny Trejo) and senses the possibility of mooring her ship in this storm.
As Nola makes her way to Albuquerque, New Mexico, she solidifies unexpected relationships, including reconnecting with her estranged mother (Maggie Siff), that may provide the roots she needs to stay in one place. As she slowly expands the connections in her life, she is faced with the decision to get off the road for the first time, or to forge onwards alone – with only her wits and memories as her road map.