What happens when you must say goodbye to the only family home you have ever known? If you are one of the Sterling sisters of writer/director Sophie Miller’s Smithville-shot dramedy Ranch Water, you throw a farewell party with your older siblings to celebrate what has passed and to contemplate what the future may hold. College student DJ (Karly Seeley) understands the need to sell the family ranch house after the passing of her grandmother. But she needs the help of her older sisters Jac (Aubrey Elenz) and Kenny (Sam Bilinkas) to process the decision to sell her childhood home to strangers. The weekend reunion at the ranch house, though, is not all about consuming good food and drink and sharing formative memories. The arrival of Kenny’s closest friend Sloane (Simone Black) with her partner Emily (Annie Hoeg) forces Kenny to reevaluate both her personal feelings for Sloane and her professional aspirations as a musician. Jac also reluctantly confronts her tenuous relationship with her future mother-in-law at the urging of her childhood friend Anabel (Siena D’Addario). And the unexpected addition of former high school queen bee Lili (Gabriel Elizabeth Kadian) at the ranch house also causes friction among the sisters. Ranch Water will screen during the Austin Film Festival at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Galaxy Theater Austin and 10:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the State Theatre. L.A.-based University of Texas alum Sophie Miller makes her directorial debut with Ranch Water.
Aired: Oct. 21, 2021.