Best Narrative Feature and Audience Award, Indie Memphis Film Festival
First time feature film director Deb Shoval’s AWOL is a well-crafted tender, romantic drama that follows the relationship between two women; recent high school graduate Joey (Lola Kirke) and the older Rayna (Breeda Wool). Set against the background of small town USA, the film explores the overwhelming power of first love and the effects it has on the couple.
"It's thematically rich, and confidently directed with a clear point of view, set against a backdrop of relevant socioeconomic and cultural issues. A deeply relatable and affecting depiction of the heedless beauty of a first love." – The Playlist
“Not since Winter's Bone have I seen a film that so effectively portrays American rural working-class people and their lives while carrying a deeply moving, emotional story” Liz Collins, Bomb.