Burn Country

Synopsis: After being exiled from Afghanistan, a former war journalist settles in a small town in Northern California and takes a job with a local newspaper. But when he attempts to cover local crime, he stumbles into local corruption that puts himself and others in danger.
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Director(s): Ian Olds
Production: ACE Productions
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

for her ride back to the city.

"Thanks to our Valiant

police department,

"she was able to board a bona

fide vehicle the next morning."

"Valiant." I like it.

I don't even know what this is.

You don't have to do it.

He tell me to just use

the police report.

You don't even

have to leave the house.

I can't sit around copying reports for

$50 a week. I need to do something.


I know it sounds silly,

but before,

when I'm thinking

of the California,

it looked different in my mind.

What, like big tits and sand?

I'm close. I got it.

What are we doing here?

I'll be just a minute.

You stay here in the car.

I don't want to have

to deal with him again!

I don't want to deal with it!

No, but I don't want him

in the house!

Come on, come on, come on!

He's not in the house now,

all right?

He's not in the house now.


I don't want him here anymore!

Where are you headed, Maddie?

I don't want him in this house!

Where are you headed?

I don't want him in this house!

I know...

I don't want him

in this house anymore!

No! I want him out!

Okay, okay...

They're pushing him around...

Who are you?

It was just your boy here?

No! No! There were no people here!


I'm a...


I can't do it!


From where?

I can't do it! I can't do it!



You come all the way

from somewhere to see me?

Oh, I'm with Gloria.

- They were here!

- Maddie, who was here?

Were there other people here?

There was other people here?

Yeah, is she going to take her?

I don't know.

Yeah, she got to take her.

She needs some authority, man.

She's mad.

Maybe you should report that,

then maybe someone will...

What's that accent?

You said where you were from,

but I... I forgot.

Oh, here she comes.

- Here she comes.

- Whoa! Whoa!

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Ian Olds

Ian Olds is an American film director. His directing credits include the documentary Occupation: Dreamland, which follows the 1/505 company of the 82nd Airborne Division in Fallujah, Iraq in early 2004 during the Iraq War. Olds also created the documentary Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi, which depicts the working relationship between American journalist Christian Parenti and his Afghan colleague Ajmal Naqshbandi during the War in Afghanistan. Occupation: Dreamland won a 2006 Independent Spirit Award. Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi earned Olds the Best New Documentary Filmmaker award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Feature-Length Documentary at the 2009 Madrid International Documentary Film Festival. The film was nominated for a 2009 Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. HBO Documentaries acquired rights to the film.In 2012 Olds and actor James Franco co-directed the film Francophrenia: (or: Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is), which repurposes footage taken of Franco on the set of the American soap opera General Hospital.Olds has also directed several short narrative films that were screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Olds edited Franco’s split-screen feature adaptation of William Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.Olds was awarded a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2011 San Francisco Film Society/Hearst Screenwriting Grant, and a 2006 Media Arts Fellowship sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation.Olds received his MFA from Columbia University’s Film Division in 2006. He was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine in 2009 and was a 2011 Fellow at the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab. more…

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