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

Huh? Huh?

Whoa! Whoa!

Oh, now she's a penitent!

A minute ago she's doling out

some weak-ass sub-ninja shit

with a kitchen knife,

and now look at her.

Lindsay, would you just

calm down.

F*ck that.

Osman, could you please

get back to the car?

Yeah, I can take care of myself, mama!

Please, I asked you to stay...


Calm down now, huh?

Okay, it's me.

Hey! Hey!

Hey! Hey! Hey!

Whoa! Easy!

Take that,

foreign correspondent!

Lindsay, let him go!

Oh, come on, Glor! Come on!

Let him go!

Ah, f*ck it!

F*ck it!

You okay, mama?


You okay? Huh?

He hurt you? Did he hurt you?

Are you okay?

You going to be

all right, Maddie?

Why don't you guys go in

and get some rest, all right?

To the car.

To the car.

- Hey. Mr. reporter man.

- Don't turn back.

Just walk. Just walk. If you report

any of this, I will kill you.

Come on, come on.

Up, up, up, up, up.

All right, all right.

Let's see, what do we got here?

Let me see.

Back home, if she had brothers,

they would go

to his house tomorrow

and they would put him

in the ground.

Nah, Lindsay's not bad

when he's not high.

And when he is,

he's a truly impressive magnet

for heartache and trouble.

The man can build

a damn fine hot tub.

Finds all the wood himself.

Yes, well, I don't think it is

talent to find wood in the forest.

He'll apologize to you.

Hey, Osman.


I like you.

I wasn't sure at first.

But it's nice to see you angry.

Hey, no heroics in the future.

We can take care of ourselves.

Good night.

Police blotter?

That fucker.

I'm not complaining.

I'm just... Deferent

as hell when I called.

"Yeah, sure, Gabe.

Anything you need.

"Your piece in the times

magazine tore my heart out."

I'll bet he didn't even read it.

Oh, he read it.

It tore his heart out. He wanted very

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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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