Published on April 2, 2023

Captions provided by CCTubes – Captioning the Internet! “A meditation on those forgotten by modern globalization, this film doesn’t simply capture what’s on screen, but also what isn’t. Each shot in this portrait of a changing Nebraskan towns is constructed with precision and wonder, tapping into the true power of film as a visual medium.”Grand Jury Honorable Mention for Best Short Film, Dallas International Film Festival, 2022.

Best Short of the Fest, Sun Valley Film Festival, 2022
Cinema Eye Honors 2023 Short Docs Nomination
Academy-Award Qualified

Synopsis: Using the photo book aesthetic, the film explores some nearly abandoned prairie towns of Nebraska. It meditates on the blurred lines between still photography and cinema, offering a compassionate and poignant portrait of American towns drained of dreams and left for dead by our internet-commerce epoch.

Directors Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck and Robert Machoian
Screenwriters Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
Producers Laura Heberton, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck and Robert Machoian
Cinematographer Robert Machoian
Editor Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
Sound Design Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
Sound Mixer Dave Barber
Color J. Cody Baker

Cast John Lundgren (self)
Jim O’Brien (self)
Tammy Vanderberg (self)
Chuck Villabeal (self)
Ezra Graham (self)
Jonah Graham (self)

Directors’ Bios:

Robert Machoian has been taking photographs his whole life and making films for over a decade. In his career, he and his frequent collaborator, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, has had his films premiere at the Sundance, SXSW, LA and Tribeca Festivals. His feature The Killing of Two Lovers premiered at Sundance and was released by NEON (2021). The universally critically-acclaimed film stars Clayne Crawford and features sound design by Peter Albrechtsen.

Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck is an award-winning filmmaker, who’s work spans across the narrative and documentary spectrum. His films have screened at Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Locarno and CPH:DOX. He currently teaches film at California State University Monterey Bay. Most recently he co-directed The Field Trip, which premiered at Sundance 2021 and was picked up as a NYTimes Op-Doc.

@robertmachoian; @lastdaysofaugustdoc; @laura.heberton


Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2022
True/False Film Festival 2022
Oxford Film Festival 2022
Docuwest Film Festival 2022
Filmfort 2022
Sun Valley Film Festival 2022, Winner Best Short of the Festival
Atlanta Film Festival 2022
RiverRun Film Festival 2022
IFFBoston Film Festival 2022
Free State Film Festival 2022
MountainFilm 2022
Palm Springs Shorts Fest 2022
BAMCinemafest 2022
Wyoming International Film Festival 2022
Indy Shorts 2022
Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival 2022
Sidewalk Film Festival 2022
Charlotte Film Festival 2022
Tallahasee Film Festival, 2022
Buffalo Film Festival 2022
Hamptons Film Festival 2022
Dallas International Film Festival, Grand Jury Honorable Mention for Best Short Film
Montclair Film Festival 2022
Denver Film Festival 2022
American Film Festival, Poland 2022
Saint Louis Film Festival 2022
Cucalorus Film Festival 2022
New Hampshire Film Festival 2022

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