Sun Mar 3, 2019 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Directed by Josh Melrod
U.S.A. | 81 min | 2018
Set in the backwoods of Vermont, Major Arcana follows an itinerant carpenter’s quixotic struggle to end a legacy of alcoholism and poverty as he attempts to build a log cabin by hand. His plans are complicated when he reunites with Sierra, a woman with whom he shares a troubled past, and he is forced to reconcile his old life with his new one. A vivid depiction of the rural working class, it’s a story both universal and resonant to our uncertain times.
Josh Melrod attended the MFA program for creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis and was a founding editor of the literary journal the Land-Grant College Review. As a visual artist his work is included in the permanent collections of the Boston Public Library, the University of Vermont, and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, among others.
For the last decade he’s earned his living as a film editor. Major Arcana is his first film as writer/director.