Cavedweller, Lisa Cholodenko's third film, brings the director of High Art and Laurel Canyon to fertile new territory. In this deeply moving film about family, Kyra Sedgwick plays Delia, a gutsy rock star whose life gets turned upside-down following the death of her ex-partner, Randall (Kevin Bacon), in a car accident. Delia uproots herself and her daughter, Cissy, from Los Angeles and moves back to her small southern hometown, where she had left behind a husband (Aidan Quinn) and two older daughters. Her daughters, now teenagers, have become strangers to her: one is a born-again Christian, the other takes middle-of-the-night car trips with a set of twin boys. Both are in need of healing and attention. Delia has to muster the courage to become a mother to the two children she has ignored and whom she no longer understands, while coming to grips with her reasons for leaving her family and the guilt she still feels because of it. While the entire town blames her for deserting her family, Delia carries within her the secret behind her decision. Sedgwick, Quinn, and Bacon all shine in this engrossing adaptation of Dorothy Allison's novel.
Lisa Cholodenko started working in film as an assistant editor on studio features such as Boyz N the Hood and To Die For. Drawn to New York's independent film scene, she attended Columbia University's graduate film program where she made two highly regarded short films, Souvenir and Dinner Party. Her first feature, High Art, won the 1998 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2002, her second feature, Laurel Canyon, was screened in the Director's Fortnight at Cannes, the Sundance and Toronto film festivals, and garnered IFP Spirit Award nominations for its lead performances. Cholodenko has also directed episodes of Six Feet Under and Homicide: Life on the Street.