War (2004) - WAR is a simple film portrait of four characters looking for work in the abandoned lands of rural America. ..."
Jacob Jenkins is the fourth generation farmer of 218 acres off Egypt Hollow Road. Every spring he walks the full perimeter of his property checking the fence-line, looking for holes in the fence. As he walks, he thinks of his life growing up on the farm and how his own home has, little by little, slipped out of his hands.
Pastor Jack Master drives down old county roads, stopping occasionally at the farm houses and trailers that spot the hills. He pretends to knock on the doors and invite people to his little New Life Church of God. He calls his wife from a payphone every few hours to check in and make sure the rapture hasn't happened yet.
Hanky the Junkman operates the oil leases on Jacob's farm. The central powers that pump the wells are maintained by an intricate balance of weights and counterweights, gears and pulleys. Hanky tries to keep everything in order, from the hills of scrap metal in his junkyard to random tree limbs fallen by the roadsides.
The four people who appear in the film are all residents of Warren County, where the film was shot. This film archives the remnants and the present decline of an America, which nothing will replace. 84 min - Family Friendly FF
War premiered at Sundance Film Festival in the prestigious Frontiers section and won The Ken Burns Award at Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2004. War also screened at Sundance, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Edinburgh, Ann Arbor, St. Paul, Calgary, Atlanta, Jeonju, Galway and others.
Cast: Andy Yurick (Jacob "Um-Daddy" Jenkins), Jeff Clark (Pastor Jack Masters), Paul Mahaffy (Hanky the Junkman), Dustin Bertch (Samual Jenkins), Charles Cullen (Narrator), Richard Kirkwood (Radio Reverand).