Ballast

Overview

The static living arrangement between three lonely souls living in a rural Mississippi Delta township is suddenly shaken up due to a tragic suicide in this intimate family drama from first-time writer/director Lance Hammer. Single mother Marley was barely getting by when her 12-year-old son James fell into a dangerous cycle of drugs and violence. Desperate to escape her current surroundings and save her son from becoming another statistic, Marley seeks safe harbor at a home on the property of Lawrence -- a man ...
See more details below
DVD (Wide Screen / Subtitled)
$27.47
BN.com price
(Save 8%)$29.99 List Price
Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (10) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $11.82   
  • Used (5) from $1.99   

Overview

The static living arrangement between three lonely souls living in a rural Mississippi Delta township is suddenly shaken up due to a tragic suicide in this intimate family drama from first-time writer/director Lance Hammer. Single mother Marley was barely getting by when her 12-year-old son James fell into a dangerous cycle of drugs and violence. Desperate to escape her current surroundings and save her son from becoming another statistic, Marley seeks safe harbor at a home on the property of Lawrence -- a man with whom she has been locked into a bitter feud ever since the birth of her son. Brought together by circumstance and left with little choice but to work through their hardships, Marley, James, and Lawrence do their best to move beyond the grief that has befallen them, and transform tragedy into the foundation for a new and hopeful future.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

Ballast Scene Development, a 37-minute making-of feature charting the evolution of several scenes through the improvisational conflict sessions and two-month rehearsal process that gave form to the final film; ; Original Theatrical Trailer; A New Essay by Film Critic Amy Taubin
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Lance Hammer's debut feature, Ballast, has a storyline -- it has narrative momentum, and pacing exquisite pacing, in fact, and all of the other requirements that a dramatic film should possess. And Hammer has handled these elements of his film with the delicacy of an accomplished filmmaker. But where Ballast succeeds on a level that shoots right off the charts is in matters of tone -- visual tone, to be sure, but also in the larger ambient sense. Using a cast of non-professional actors who give performances that you probably couldn't buy for a million dollars per performer from professionals, Hammer and his camera capture an essence of the setting that attracted him, the barren, beautiful heart of the Mississippi Delta. The mix of long, languid exteriors, the close intimate drama of the four principal players five if you count the wonderful but unobtrusive canine Juneau, and the natural sound throughout end up yielding the visual equivalent of a Debussy or Delius orchestral tone poem, or a Turner landscape painting -- except that this movie does tell a story that moves forward at precisely the right pace, with finely nuanced performances from all concerned. Indeed, this is the kind of movie for which one would not only wish eventually to own a DVD edition, but also a photo book of stills, of actual shots and settings. And one must interrupt the well-deserved praise for Hammer and his crew to add that the movie is worth seeing for the work of Jim Myron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail, and especially Michael J. Smith Sr. as Lawrence, the survivor of a family tragedy. Professional actors work for years to achieve what they all do in this movie, and audiences should treat themselves to their work, as well, on top of that of Hammer's vision and accomplishment.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • UPC: 738329067021
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 70,819

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael J. Smith Sr. Lawrence
Jim Myron Ross James
Tarra Riggs Marlee
Johnny McPhail
Ventress Bonner
Jimez Alexander
Jean Paul Guillory
Marcus Alexander
Marquice Alexander
Lawrence Jackson
Technical Credits
Lance Hammer Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Andrew Adamson Executive Producer, Producer
Andrea Adamson Executive Producer
Lol Crawley Cinematographer
Caroline Eselin-Schaeffer Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Goodson Production Designer
John J. Hammer Executive Producer
Mark Johnson Executive Producer
Kent Sparling Sound/Sound Designer
Jerel Levanway Production Designer
Juan Mazara Asst. Director
Nina Parikh Producer
Aimee Shieh Executive Producer
Francine Thomas Casting
Sam Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ballast
1. Hold On [:08]
2. Alone [8:48]
3. Scar [5:31]
4. Two Rocks [10:48]
5. Empty Wallet [7:37]
6. Neighbors [8:41]
7. Groceries [6:49]
8. Walking The Dog [7:04]
9. Minding The Store [8:28]
10. Homeschool [8:52]
11. Shells [11:07]
12. Credits [8:11]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- Ballast
   Play
   Chapters
   Extras
      Making Of: Scene Development
         Play All
         Lawrence & Marlee
         Lawrence & James
         Marlee & James
      Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: None
      English
      French
      Spanish
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously