Director Debra Granik to screen Leave No Trace at Upstate in Woodstock

Thomasin McKenzie plays Tom, a teenager whose war vet father, Will (Ben Foster), is so rattled by post-traumatic stress that the only way he can cope is to live off the grid, away from the rest of the world. (Sundance Film Festival)

In collaboration with Upstate Films Woodstock, the Woodstock Film Festival presents a special screening of Leave No Trace on Saturday, June 23 at 8:15 p.m. at Upstate Films’ Woodstock location. Director Debra Granik will be on hand for a question-and-answer session.

Leave No Trace addresses themes of isolation and community as it tells the story of Will and his teenage daughter Tom, who have lived off the grid, blissfully undetected by authorities in a vast nature reserve on the edge of Portland, Oregon. When a chance encounter blows their cover, they’re removed from their camp and put into the charge of social services. Struggling to adapt to their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a perilous journey back to the wilderness, where they are finally forced to confront conflicting desires: a longing for community versus a fierce need to live apart.


Debra Granik is best-known as the director and co-writer of Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence’s breakout film, which was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Tickets for Leave No Trace cost $15. For more information, visit Upstate Films is located at 132 Tinker Street in Woodstock.