Set at the beginning of the 1980s Midwest farm crisis that defined much of the Reagan years, American Fable follows Gitty (Peyton Kennedy), a courageous 11-year-old girl whose magical outlook on life influenced by her love of fables and fairytales protects her from the harsh reality that her family soon might lose their farm. When her father and older brother take matters into their own hands via the kidnapping and attempted ransom of a wealthy man, Gitty must decide whether to side with her family’s financial interests or save the life of a total stranger.
American Fable premiered as part of the Austin fest’s Visions program and was produced by Hamilton and Kishori Rajan. It also stars Richard Schiff, Gavin MacIntosh, Kip Pardue, Marci Miller and Zuleikha Robinson.
Hamilton got her start as an intern on Terrence Malick’s 2011 pic The Tree of Life and three years later was selected as one of eight women in the AFI’s class of 2014 Directing Workshop for Women. Her first short film as writer-director, Death Artists, Inc., premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. She continues to be repped by Morris Yorn.