Once Upon A River

Once Upon A River

Margo Crane's odyssey on the Stark River introduces her to a world filled with wonders and dangers.

A girl must begin an unexpected odyssey on the Stark River to find her estranged mother after her father is killed in a tragic accident.





Haroula Rose

Bonnie Jo Campbell (book), Haroula Rose (script)

Jacqueline E. Ingram, Haroula Rose

Charlotte Hornsby


Year of production:


Gosia Grzyb C.S.I., SKF


100 min.

Festivals & awards

Sun Valley Film Festival 2020, US
Win One In A Million Award Best Film

Tallgrass International Film Festival 2019
Win Stubbornly Independent Award Best Film

Red Nation Film Festival 2019
Win Red Nation Film Award of Excellence Best Film, Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director

Boston Film Festival 2019
Win Festival Prize Best Director Haroula Rose

BendFilm Festival 2019
Win Best Directing Best Director Haroula Rose

“First-time feature writer-director (and Chicago area product) Haroula Rose’s “Once Upon a River” is all that and more. It’s a stark, authentic slice of a certain kind of rough-hewn life — the calloused-hands world we see in gritty films such as “Frozen River” and “Winter’s Bone,” “Leave No Trace” and “American Woman.” There’s no trace of Hollywood glamour or gloss to the story, no hint of actor-y flourishes in the deeply resonant performances. Just a lean, finely crafted, memorably real story announcing the presence of a major new filmmaking talent — and a young actor with the promise of limitless potential.”


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