Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens, two of the most exciting voices in American independent filmmaking, blend their respective talents amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes of Iceland, where ex-brothers-in-law Colin and Mitch are vacationing in an effort to stave off the blues. Forced retirement and primal doubts are just a few of their worries, but these two old pals find solace in the simple ease of each other’s company. Part buddy-comedy and part travelogue, Land Ho! paints a lively picture that somehow crosses between a holiday with a zany uncle and a night out with your best buds. Watching the two colorful characters skip from lighthouses to lighting spliffs, anyone who’s ever had reservations about how exciting traveling with septuagenarians could be will now think twice.
Length: 95 minutes
Premiere: New York
Director: Martha Stephens, Aaron Katz
Screenwriter: Martha Stephens, Aaron Katz
Producer: Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy, Christina Jennings
Editor: Aaron Katz
Cinematographer: Andrew Reed
Executive Producer: David Gordon Green, Julie Parker Benello, Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, Wendy Ettinger
Composer: Keegan Dewitt
Co-Producer: Hlin Johannesdottir, Birgitta Bjornsdottir
Cast: Paul Eenhoorn, Earl Lynn Nelson, Alice Olivia Clarke, Karrie Krouse, Elizabeth McKee, Emmsjé Gauti
A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Martha Stephens’ first feature film, Passenger Pigeons, premiered at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival; her second feature, Pilgrim Song, premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.
Writer, director, and editor, Aaron Katz, studied filmmaking at the North Carolina School of the Arts. His feature debut, Dance Party, USA, was an Official Selection of the 2006 SXSW Film Festival. Quiet City, his sophomore feature, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2007 and received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for the John Cassavetes Award. Katz’s third feature, Cold Weather, opened as a Spotlight Premiere at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival.