Haroula Rose’s ‘Once Upon A River’ premieres May 10

Once Upon A River

Once Upon A River

The Chicago / LA
director’s first
feature film
screens at
Geena Davis’s
Bentonville Film
Festival n May 10

The world premiere of Haroula Rose’s first feature film, Once Upon A River, takes place at Geena Davis’s Bentonville Film Festival on May 10, 2019.

Filmed in Northeast Illinois, Once Upon A River is based on the best-selling novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell. It tells a tale of redemption, love, and loss for a native American teen in 1978 rural Michigan.

The teen’s actions tragically result in her father’s murder, sending her on an outdoorsy misadventure with a 70’s aesthetic along the Stark River.

The cast of Once Upon A River includes Kenadi DelaCerna, John Ashton, Tatanka Means, Ajuawak Kapashesit, Coburn Goss, Sam Straley, Arie Thompson and Evan Linder.

Haroula Rose is a Chicago native currently living between her hometown and Los Angeles. A versatile artist, she has not only earned dozens of film and TV credits as a writer, director, and actor, but is also recognized as an accomplished singer and songwriter.

Her recent achievements include directing the short film As They Slept (currently in post-production) and writing and directing Lost and Found (2017).

Rose is repped by Pigeon Roost for branded entertainment and commercials.


About The Bentonville Film Festival
Founded in 2015, the Bentonville Film Festival is operated by the Bentonville Film Festival Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on promoting underrepresented voices in the entertainment industry through research, education, mentoring and industry partnerships.

About Pigeon Roost
Pigeon Roost is a different kind of content company. It’s a tight-knit family of filmmakers living throughout the US and Europe, working to create some of the world’s most powerful content. The thinker, doers, and dreamers of Pigeon Roost partner with with the world’s top agencies and brands, creating high-end, compelling, and entertaining branded content and commercials. They make documentaries that move audiences with visceral emotion. And they produce and direct feature films that can be seen in cinemas worldwide and on Netflix and Amazon. Pigeon Roost has offices in Chicago, Memphis, Los Angeles, and Athens, Greece.

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