All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt

All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt

64th TIFF: Greek Premiere
Tender caresses and enveloping embraces are portals into the life of Mack, a Black woman in Mississippi. Winding through the anticipation, love, and heartbreak she experiences from childhood to adulthood, the expressionist journey is an ode to connection — with loved ones and with place. Raven Jackson’s striking debut is an assured vision, unafraid to immerse us in moments of grief and longing, or within the thickness of things left unsaid. Her camera is patient and loving, capturing the beauty of Black bodies and life. Rural quietness is filled with the transportive sounds of crickets, frogs, and water in its many forms. Jackson's nontraditional narrative borrows from the language of memory. Dialogue is restrained, and performances are subtle and powerful. Jackson employs the power of touch to communicate what evades spoken language. It’s an embodied experience that honors the sumptuousness of life and leaves you feeling the rain on your skin.
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Direction: Raven Jackson
Script: Raven Jackson
Cinematography: Jomo Fray
Editing: Lee Chatametikool
Music: Sasha Gordon, Victor Magro
Actors: Charleen McClure, Reginald Helms Jr., Moses Ingram, Zainab Jah, Sheila Atim
Production: A24
Producers: Maria Altamirano, Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Mark Ceryak
Costumes: Pamela Shepard
Production Design: Juliana Barreto Barreto
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 97'
Contact: A24

Raven Jackson

Raven Jackson is an award-winning filmmaker, poet, and photographer from Tennessee. Her work often explores landscapes of indefinable experiences and emotions, as well as the body’s relationship to nature. Raven’s debut narrative feature, All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt, made in partnership with Maria Altamirano, PASTEL, and A24, world-premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. The film has received support from Cinereach, SFFILM, the Gotham, Film Independent, Tribeca Film Institute, New Orleans Film Society, Ikusmira Berriak, Indie Memphis, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and Westridge Foundation. Her short films Nettles and A Guide to Breathing Underwater are currently streaming on the Criterion Channel. She is a Cave Canem fellow and holds MFAs from New York University’s Graduate Film Program and the New School’s Writing Program.


2018 Nettles (short)
2018 A Guide to Breathing Underwater (short)
2019 Røtter (short)
2023 All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt