Tom Quinn wrote and directed Colewell, a quiet and evocative film set in a rural town in Pennsylvania. The film stars Karen Allen, Kevin J. O’Connor and others. Colewell had its world premiere at the 2019 SFFILM, which is where we caught up with Quinn. We spoke about the making of Colewell, how he got Karen Allen to be a part of the project, Paul Yee’s cinematography and about filmmaking. Quinn is Program Director, Film & Television at Drexel University, Philadelphia.
Colewell is an ode to the fast disappearing tranquil rural life in America. Nora (Karen Allen) runs the post office that happens to be part of her home. There is nothing impersonal about this village post office that is the village’s main community hub where people meet, chit chat, pick up their mail and have a cup of coffee. The village tranquility is shattered when they find out the post office is being shut.This news comes as a shock to Allen, who is on the verge of retirement and now has to fight to keep her job. For 35 years Nora’s life revolved around the post office and all of a sudden her world comes tumbling down. What will she do? Where will she go?
Colewell is Quinn’s second feature film.
This interview aired on TV in the US.