Rust Creek

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Rust Creek
Directed by Jen McGowan
Produced by
Written byJulie Lipson
Music by H. Scott Salinas
CinematographyMichelle Lawler
Edited by
  • David Hopper
  • Lunacy
Distributed by
Release date
January 4, 2019
CountryUnited States
  • English

Rust Creek is a 2019 independent thriller drama film directed by Jen McGowan, based on an original story by Stu Pollard. [1] The film stars Hermione Corfield. It was released on 4 January 2019.

Independent film Film done outside major film studio system

An independent film, independent movie, indie film or indie movie, is a feature film or short film that is produced outside the major film studio system, in addition to being produced and distributed by independent entertainment companies. Independent films are sometimes distinguishable by their content and style and the way in which the filmmakers' personal artistic vision is realized. Usually, but not always, independent films are made with considerably lower budgets than major studio films.

Thriller film film genre

Thriller film, also known as suspense film or suspense thriller, is a broad film genre that evokes excitement and suspense in the audience. The suspense element, found in most films' plots, is particularly exploited by the filmmaker in this genre. Tension is created by delaying what the audience sees as inevitable, and is built through situations that are menacing or where escape seems impossible.

Jen McGowan is an American filmmaker. At the 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival, McGowan won the Gamechanger Award for Kelly & Cal, her first feature film. McGowan is the creator of, an international skill-sharing, networking and job resource for professional women in film and television. She is an honorary member of the Alliance of Women Directors.



Hermione Isla Conyngham Corfield is an English actress. She has appeared in such movies as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015), Mr. Holmes (2015), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), XXX: Return of Xander Cage (2017), and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).

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Sean Michael O'Bryan is an American film and television actor from Louisville, Kentucky. He attended and graduated from St. Xavier High School.


An ordinary woman must summon extraordinary courage to survive a nightmare odyssey in this harrowing survival thriller. Sawyer (Corfield) is an ambitious, overachieving college senior with a seemingly bright future. While on her way to a job interview, a wrong turn leaves her stranded deep in the frozen Kentucky woods. Suddenly, the young woman with everything to live for finds herself facing her own mortality as she’s punished by the elements and pursued by a band of ruthless outlaws. With nowhere left to run, she is forced into an uneasy alliance with Lowell (Paulson), an enigmatic loner with shadowy intentions. Though she’s not sure she can trust him, Sawyer must take a chance if she hopes to escape Rust Creek alive. [2]


The script was written by Julie Lipson based on an original story by Stu Pollard, who also produced the film. [1] The Film shot in and around Louisville, Kentucky. [3]

Stu Pollard is an American film producer, writer and director. His credits include Nice Guys Sleep Alone, Keep Your Distance, as well as the 2019 survival thriller Rust Creek.

Louisville, Kentucky City in Kentucky

Louisville is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 29th most-populous city in the United States. It is one of two cities in Kentucky designated as first-class, the other being Lexington, the state's second-largest city. Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County, on the Indiana border.


The film premiered May 3, 2018 at the Bentonville Film Festival. [4] The film won Best Thriller Feature at the 2018 San Diego International Film Festival. [5] It was released to VoD by IFC Midnight Films services January 4, 2019. [6]

The Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) is an American film festival held annually in Bentonville, Arkansas that focuses on diversity. It was founded by actress Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment executive Trevor Drinkwater. Bentonville was chosen as the location after Walmart, the founding sponsor, suggested it. After Drinkwater learned Walmart was interested in supporting diversity initiatives, he brought in Davis, who he knew would be interested because of her work with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

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Rust Creek received positive reviews from critics and has a "Certified Fresh" score of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 41 reviews. The site's critical consensus states: "Rust Creek subverts expectations with a surprisingly layered survival drama anchored in a rich setting and a gripping lead performance from Hermione Corfield.” [7]

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