An exiled Afghan journalist moves to Northern California. When he tries to rise above his menial job on a police blotter by covering a local crime, he's drawn into a world of violence.
Very loosely inspired by his prior documentary about an Afghani guide to Western journalists (2009’s “Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi”), Ian Olds’ "Burn Country" quickly becomes enmeshed in the less savory undersides of a rural Northern California town. Though less overtly comedic, this insinuatingly low-key tale may for some recall “Inherent Vice,” as it’s similarly a droll ostensible mystery whose investigation...takes a back seat to the revealing eccentricities of characters and communities encountered en route. Dennis Harvey, Variety
Director/Screenwriter: Ian Olds
Starring: Dominic Rains (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, 2014, The Fixer The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi 2010), Academy Award winner, Melissa Leo (The Fighter, 2010), Academy Award nominee James Franco (127 Hours, 2010), Rachel Brosnahan (The Finest Hours, 2016, House of Cards, 2014).
Awards: 2016 Tribeca Film Festival--Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature
Distribution: Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films
Relic Pictures' Role: Executive Producer