A Sundance darling, Granik picked up festival awards for her student short Snake Feed (1998) and her debut feature, Down to the Bone (2004). The similarly titled follow-up, Winter's Bone (2010), brought Granik an Independent Spirit Award nod and leading lady Jennifer Lawrence a Golden Globe nomination.
Themes of substance abuse and addiction pop up frequently in Granik's work. For added realism, she often casts nonprofessional actors -- including recovering addicts -- in supporting and background roles.
In this unflinching noir drama, resilient teen Ree Dolly goes on the trail of her missing, drug-dealing father when his absence jeopardizes the family's safety. Her deadbeat dad has a key court date pending -- and Ree is determined that he show up.