• Ballast
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Ballast

by Lance Hammer Debut Competition

In the cold, winter light of a rural Mississippi Delta township, a man’s suicide radically transforms three characters’ lives and throws off-balance what has long been a static arrangement among them. Marlee is a single mother struggling to scratch a living for herself and James, her 12-year-old son, who has begun to stumble under drug and violence pressures. So when the opportunity to seek safe harbor at a new home arises, she grabs it, though the property is shared by Lawrence, a man with whom Marlee has feuded bitterly since James’s birth. With circumstances thrusting them into proximity, a subtle interdependence and common purpose emerge for Marlee and Lawrence as they navigate grief, test new waters, and tentatively move forward.


  • Genre: Drama
  • Country, Year: USA, 2008
  • Runtime: 96 Min
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: German
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  • Director: Lance Hammer
  • Cast: Michael J. Smith, Jimmyron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail
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  • Screenplay: Lance Hammer
  • Cinematography: Lol Crawley
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  • Producers: Lance Hammer, Nina Parikh
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