All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt Nominated for Best First Feature - Indie Spirit nominee - AmNews Curtain Raiser


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All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt Nominated for Best First Feature - Indie Spirit nominee

All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt

Nominated for Best First Feature

Raven Jackson, Photograph by Arturo Holmes

Raven Jackson is an award-winning filmmaker, poet, and photographer from Tennessee. Her work often explores landscapes of indefinable experiences and emotions, as well as the body’s relationship to nature. Recently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Director, Raven’s debut narrative film, All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt, made in partnership with Maria Altamirano, PASTEL, and A24, world-premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and was named one of the top ten movies of the year by The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and The film has screened at the New York Film Festival, San Sebastián International Film Festival, BFI London, AFI Fest, and more.

Her short films Nettles and A Guide to Breathing Underwater are currently streaming on the Criterion Channel. Stories From a Place Where All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt, the companion book for her debut feature, is currently out from A24. Her photography can be found in the book, as well as in BOMB Magazine. She is a Cave Canem fellow and holds MFAs from New York University's Graduate Film Program and the New School's Writing Program. Her chapbook of poetry, little violences, is available from Cutbank Literary Magazine.


Best First Feature Award is given to the director and producer.


Director: Raven Jackson

Producers: Maria Altamirano, Mark Ceryak, Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski


A lyrical, decades-spanning exploration across a woman’s life in Mississippi, the feature debut from award-winning poet, photographer and filmmaker Raven Jackson is a haunting and richly layered portrait; a beautiful ode to the generations of people and places that shape us.

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