Anywhere, USA won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival for “singularity of vision” Saturday. The film, from local auteur Chusy Haney-Jardine, was formerly known as Asheville: The Movie and took three years to make, using mostly local actors and locations.
According to the official release from Sundance, Anywhere, USA won the special prize from the juges because it is a “a wildly original look at American manners, prejudices, and family dynamics.” Over its three-year making, Jardine’s production attracted no small amount of rumors, buzz and speculation. Jardine has not responded to requests for comment yet.
In December, when Anywhere, USA was officially selected for Sundance, Jardine said that despite the name change, “our film is an Asheville home-grown project—always has been, always will be”
—David Forbes, staff writer