UO English alumna Alice Austen produced and co-wrote Give Me Liberty, the story of a topsy-turvy day in the life of a medical transport driver in Milwaukee. The film debuts at the downtown Eugene Broadway Metro tonight!
Give Me Liberty has received rave reviews in the New York Times (Manohla Dargis), Ebert, the Hollywood Reporter, and elsewhere. Variety calls it a "freewheeling joyride" and the Hollywood Reporter says the wild ride "reaffirms the resilience of the American Dream."
Austen's film is also the first feature film to receive the Ruderman Family Foundation Seal of Authenticity for inclusion of people with disabilities:
Filled with performers with disabilities, the film's female lead is Tracy, a young African-American woman with ALS, played by Lauren "Lolo" Spencer. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past winter, was included in the Directors' Fortnight at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and will be released in August by Music Box Films.