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a coming-of-age dark comedy set in small town Wisconsin

written & directed by Molly Preston

starring Aimee La Joie

& Stephen George



Freedom, Wisconsin is a dark comedy that centers around Penny, a young woman who is stuck in her small-town routine. Working a job she hates. Drinking cheap beer. Crashing funerals.

Her routine is disrupted when her bartender introduces Penny to her nephew, Ephram, a struggling writer who has been biking across the Midwest in an attempt to find inspiration. When Penny’s bartender suggests that Ephram stay with Penny, she begrudgingly allows him to camp in her front yard.

Will Penny’s funeral crashing days come to an end? Has Ephram found a muse to inspire the next great American novel?


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Director's statement


I started the script for Freedom, Wisconsin ten years ago while I was living in Appleton, Wisconsin. Fresh out of college with a history degree, working at a coffee shop and a dance store, I wanted nothing more than to make films. I thought of the people that I knew, the places that I loved, my feeling of stagnation, and my desire for adventure, and started crafting a story.


After spending seven wonderful years in Wisconsin, I moved to Portland, Oregon, where I began working in film full time - first as a production assistant, and then an editor and producer. Ready to direct my first feature film, I started brainstorming different story ideas, and kept circling back to my work-in-progress script for Freedom, WI. I reacquainted myself with the characters, and the words started flowing.


With my experience helping other directors bring their visions to life (through producing and editing dozens of narrative films), I have seen what is successful when making a feature film. I have absolute trust in my crew, having worked with them closely over the past five years. I cannot imagine a better team to help me make my vision a reality.


We will be shooting the whole film on location back where it all started - Wisconsin. Not only is the landscape uniquely beautiful, but so are the people and the connections that I made there. Freedom, Wisconsin is a love letter to the place that I still consider home.


To me, the feeling of being in Wisconsin is timeless. Even though we are in the modern era of phones and technology, every time that I visit the Midwest, I am able to slow down and appreciate the immediate. And that is how I want viewers to feel when they watch Freedom, Wisconsin. Take a chance to slow down, be in the moment, and enjoy an old fashioned (brandy of course). I can almost taste the cheese curds.


- Molly Preston


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