Kentucker Audley has positioned himself as one of the most exciting young talents in contemporary American cinema, displaying a remarkable sensibility with the movies he writes/directs/edits/produces as well as his unique performances as an actor in his own projects and in the work of others. He also created and curates the website No Budge, an invaluable source for independent cinema online.

His striking second feature, Holy Land, is an oddly beautiful and quiet film that, while not easily classified as “mumblecore”, takes the common traits of that “genre” and internalizes them into its style and story, exploring how those affectations can be both stifling and liberating.

When Audley enacts a stunning narrative shift about halfway through the film, it comes as a revelation; one seeming to open up a whole new world of possibilities.