Thursday, May 27, 2010

America comes to Boise

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 1:48 PM

America Ferrera might best be known for her starring role on the prime time comedy Ugly Betty or summer popcorn flicks such as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005), but she's no stranger to the more dramatic side of cinema.

Real Women Have Curves, Ferrera's stunning big-screen debut, told the story of a vibrant young girl trying to leave her sweatshop job to pursue a college education. The film, which captured both the Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and a special acting award for Ferrera's work, paved the way for roles in dramas such as Lords of Dogtown (2005) and Steel City (2006).

Tonight, Ferrera will be in attendance at the Flicks for the Idaho premiere of The Dry Land (2010), an event which benefits the Veteran's Resource Network Group. Also attending the screening are writer/director Ryan Piers Williams and Boise-based producer Heather Rae.

The Dry Land tells the story of Jack (Ryan O'Nan), a soldier just returning from Iraq who struggles with PTSD while adjusting to his former life with wife Sarah (Ferrera). The Boise screening is part of a planned national tour of military bases.

"Our goal with this film has always been to spark a conversation about what it means to come home from war and the effects it has on people," director Williams wrote on the film's blog. "We hope to continue to bring to light the issues soldiers and their families face."

Watch below for an interview with the filmmaker at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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