Hard-edged Aunt Frances, and Claire, her niece with Down syndrome, are two vagabond women confronting life’s harsh realities. While Claire pursues her seemingly simple dreams, Frances discovers that their challenging lifestyle on a rundown riverboat is about to be further tested. Features Jamie Brewer (AMERICAN HORROR STORY), Bruce Bohne (FARGO), and Jen Blagen (DRAGONFLY).
Gayle Knutson is best known for her indie short film, GRANDFATHER’S BIRTHDAY, based on one of Ann Landers’ most-requested reruns in her internationally syndicated column. GRANDFATHER’S BIRTHDAY stars actor Robert Prosky and screened in over 60 film festivals, winning 23 awards worldwide including a Regional Emmy in Entertainment.
Gayle also produced two successful documentary shorts. IF THERE WERE NO LUTHERANS…WOULD THERE STILL BE GREEN JELL-O? is a humorous short doc about the “Church Sign Guy” of Stillwater, Minnesota, and was selected for inclusion in the permanent film collection at the Library of Congress.
Her second documentary, PRISONER 32,232 tells the story of longtime St. Olaf College (Minnesota) professor Reidar Dittmann, who was imprisoned in Buchenwald concentration camp by the Nazis during World War II as a member of the Norwegian Resistance. The film was added to the permanent film collection at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
THE WAGON is her latest film – a live action short that challenges our perception of people with challenges.
In her “other” life, Gayle is an EMT and volunteers on her local rural rescue squad. She has also played a key role in national disaster relief volunteering for the American Red Cross at Hurricane Katrina/Rita, Hurricane Ike, Hurricane Sandy, and the Fargo ND Flood.
Gayle lives with her husband Jim in rural Minnesota and says “Uff-Da” and “Yah, ya’betcha” on a regular basis.