Sword of Trust
Directed and co-written by Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Touchy Feely), Sword of Trust is a simple, four-person piece with a simple, intriguing pitch line; it's her best work since Your Sister's Sister. The four characters in the new movie embark upon a journey to try to sell an antique Civil War-era sword; it was left to Cynthia (Jillian Bell) by her grandfather, with the claim that it offers proof that the South won the war. Cynthia and her partner Mary (Michaela Watkins) take the sword to an Alabama pawn shop run by Mel (Marc Maron) and an ineffectual assistant, Nathaniel (Jon Bass). The women try to spin a believable story, but Mel doesn't buy it. Meanwhile, on the web, Nathaniel finds a group of hardcore southerners who actually believe that they won the Civil War and are willing to pay big money for "proof." So the quartet travels into scary redneck territory to meet with the head guy and complete the deal...