Frozen River


1h 36m 2008

Brief Synopsis

Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom, is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling when she meets a Mohawk girl who lives on a reservation that straddles the US-Canadian border. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Production Company
A-Film Distribution; Alliance Media & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. (Amepl); Alphacine Labs; Big Film Design; Bir Film; Courier Car Rental, Inc.; Eastern Effects, Inc.; Edit Center; Gotham Sound; Harwood Hunt Productions; Jinjin Pictures; Kino Swiat International; L.A. Studios; L.A. Studios-Margarita Mix; Leonardo Quiles Studios; Liman Video Rentals; Lnk; Media Services; Media Services, Inc.; Offhollywood Pictures; Oliver Russell Agency; Orlando Films Ltd.; Pcv A.E.; Pmk*Bnc; Prime Pictures; Rezo Films; Sagrera; Seed; Sound Lounge; Suraya; The Cohen Media Group; Trevellyan Graphic Design And Marketing; Wme Entertainment; Xenix Filmdistribution
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Archibald Distribuzione Cinematografica Indipendente; Axiom Films; Kinepolis Film Distribution; Lighten Distribution; Myndform; M├ętropole Films Distribution; Nonstop Entertainment (Nse); Pan Europeenne; Paramount Pictures International (PPI); Rezo Films; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Tiglon A.S.; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m

Synopsis

Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom, is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling when she meets a Mohawk girl who lives on a reservation that straddles the US-Canadian border. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin making runs across the frozen St. Lawrence River carrying illegal Chinese and Pakistani immigrants in the trunk of Ray's Dodge Spirit.

Crew

Kevin Adams

Boom Operator

Chris Angelosanto

Production Secretary

Jasmine Ballou

Set Decorator

Chris Banke

Animal Wrangler

Craig Bankey

Publicity

Nathan Beaman

Best Boy Grip

Justin Bennett

Grip

Micah Bloomberg

Sound Mixer

Austin Bordeleau

Assistant

Marc Brown

Film Lab

Yohance Brown

Colorist

Travis Call

Audio Post-Production

Marlo Carroll

Assistant Location Manager

Andy Cesana

Script Supervisor

Inhan Cho

Editing

Whitney Cipkowski

Other

Charles S. Cohen

Executive Producer

Lisa Cohen

Film Lab

Jeremy Conley

Grip

Molly Conners

Coproducer

Kelly Conrad

Publicity

Simon Conroy

Caterer

Paul D'amico

Assistant Editor

Nicholas Daniels

Animator

Tracey Deer

Casting

John Dempsey

Technical Advisor

Anne Marie Dentici

Unit Production Manager

Robert Dick

Music

Patrick Eaton

Production Assistant

Vadim Epstein

Assistant Director

John Eremic

On-Line Editor

Jenny Evans

Associate Producer

Rachel Filsinger

Assistant Set Decorator

Amy Foote

Editing

Darren Frohlich

Grip

David Ganczewski

Best Boy Electric

Tim Garris

Stunt Coordinator

Latoya Gay

Production Assistant

Peter Golub

Music

Joel Hager

Assistant Property Master

Justin Halstead

Production Assistant

Robin Harlow

Grip

Donald Harwood

Legal Counsel

Donald Harwood

Executive Producer

Matthew Honovic

Editing

Eric Hora

Production Assistant

Chip Hourihan

Line Producer

Chip Hourihan

Producer

Marika Hughes

Music

Courtney Hunt

Screenplay

Adam Hutchinson

Editing

Shahzad Ali Ismaily

Song Performer

Shahzad Ali Ismaily

Music

Jay B Itkowitz

Co-Executive Producer

Jameson Job

Animal Wrangler

Gary Kauffman

Legal Counsel

Alex Kerwin

Stunt Coordinator

Thomas Kodros

Consultant

Eric Lafranchi

Production Assistant

Roberto Lange

Foley

Kate Larose

Assistant Camera

Keri Latimer

Music

Keri Latimer

Song

Keri Latimer

Song Performer

Brittany Leborgne

Makeup

Tom Lindsay

Editing

Ben Lombardo

Editing

Adam Lukens

Key Grip

Kristian Maynard

Assistant Camera

Dr. Nicholas Mayper

Advisor

Dan Mazur

Grip

Laura Mehlhaff

Assistant Producer

Martina Melendez

Wardrobe Supervisor

Cory Melious

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Cory Melious

Sound Editor

Reed Morano

Director Of Photography

Robert Nevitt

Accountant

Lindsey Novotny

Makeup Artist

Abby O'sullivan

Costume Designer

Georgia Pantazopoulos

Grip

Kevin Pazmino

Assistant Director

Richard Peete

On-Set Dresser

Rob Plonskier

Production Assistant

Pamela Preston

Production Accountant

Mika Pryce

Production Coordinator

Leo Quiles

Visual Effects Supervisor

Desmond Racicot

Technical Advisor

Heather Rae

Producer

Toby Robin

Publicity

Brian Rzepka

Art Director

Sal Salvador

Song

Bill Scott

Color Timer

Crystal Shade

Makeup Artist

Max Sherwood

Property Master

Craig Shilowich

Location Manager

Elizabeth Stern

Grip

Russ Stoddard

Publicity

Waris Supanpong

Assistant Camera

Jory Sutton

Photography

Mark Tourangeau

Driver

Jason Trammell

Foley Artist

Suzanne Trevellyan

Graphic Designer

Alfonso Trinidad

Associate Producer

Tony Volante

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Matt Walker

Gaffer

Inbal Weinberg

Production Designer

Karen Weinberg

Editing

Kate Williams

Editor

Peggy Zack

Editing

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Production Company
A-Film Distribution; Alliance Media & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. (Amepl); Alphacine Labs; Big Film Design; Bir Film; Courier Car Rental, Inc.; Eastern Effects, Inc.; Edit Center; Gotham Sound; Harwood Hunt Productions; Jinjin Pictures; Kino Swiat International; L.A. Studios; L.A. Studios-Margarita Mix; Leonardo Quiles Studios; Liman Video Rentals; Lnk; Media Services; Media Services, Inc.; Offhollywood Pictures; Oliver Russell Agency; Orlando Films Ltd.; Pcv A.E.; Pmk*Bnc; Prime Pictures; Rezo Films; Sagrera; Seed; Sound Lounge; Suraya; The Cohen Media Group; Trevellyan Graphic Design And Marketing; Wme Entertainment; Xenix Filmdistribution
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Archibald Distribuzione Cinematografica Indipendente; Axiom Films; Kinepolis Film Distribution; Lighten Distribution; Myndform; M├ętropole Films Distribution; Nonstop Entertainment (Nse); Pan Europeenne; Paramount Pictures International (PPI); Rezo Films; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Tiglon A.S.; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for the 2008 award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Melissa Leo) by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

Voted one of the 10 best films of 2008 by the American Film Institute (AFI).

Winner of the 2008 award for Best First Film by the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC).

Winner of the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Winner of the Lena Sharpe Award at the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival.

Winner of three awards including the Signis Award, the TVE-Another Look Award and co-winner of the Silver Shell for Best Actress (Melissa Leo) at the 2008 San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Winner of two 2008 awards including Best Directorial Debut and the Spotlight Award (Melissa Leo) by the National Board of Review (NBR).

Winner of two 2008 Spirit Awards including Best Female Lead (Melissa Leo) and the Piaget Producers Award; also nominated for Best Feature, Best Director, Best First Screenplay, Best Supporting Female (Misty Upham) and Best Supporting Male (Charlie McDermott) by Film Independent (FIND).

Released in United States 2008

Released in United States 2009

Released in United States January 2008

Released in United States October 2008

Released in United States on Video February 10, 2009

Released in United States September 2008

Released in United States Summer August 1, 2008

Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 15-30, 2008.

Shown at New Directors/New Films Series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (Opening Night) March 26-April 6, 2008.

Shown at Pusan International Film Festival (World Cinema) October 2-10, 2008.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Bright Future) January 21-February 1, 2009.

Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Official Selection) September 18-27. 2008.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 22-June 15, 2008.

Feature directorial debut for Courtney Hunt.

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at New Directors/New Films Series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (Opening Night) March 26-April 6, 2008.)

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 22-June 15, 2008.)

Released in United States 2009 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Bright Future) January 21-February 1, 2009.)

Released in United States January 2008 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Dramatic Competition) January 17-27, 2008.)

Released in United States Summer August 1, 2008 (NY, LA)

Released in United States September 2008 (Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Official Selection) September 18-27. 2008.)

Released in United States October 2008 (Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 15-30, 2008.)

Released in United States October 2008 (Shown at Pusan International Film Festival (World Cinema) October 2-10, 2008.)

Released in United States on Video February 10, 2009

Sony Pictures Classics acquired North American distribution rights at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival for a reported sum of just under $1 million.