Adapted from the Flannery O’Connor Award-winning short story by Mary Hood, How Far She Went takes an unflinching look at family, personal sacrifice, and the lengths we will go for those we love.
Mary, a hardened, no-nonsense woman, is tasked with the guardianship of her young granddaughter, Esme. The rebellious teenager entangles Mary in a confrontation with a pair of bad-boy dirt bikers that escalates to a life and death chase. In a moment of panicked desperation, Mary makes a harrowing choice that in an instant shatters her world, but unites her family.
Originally published in the 1980’s, How Far She Went was in talks to be optioned and adapted by Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, and Sydney Pollack. The deal ultimately fell through, and this thesis project will be the first time the story is realized as a film.
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Last updated: May. 14, 2015