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Published:December 5th, 2006 13:44 EST

Leslie McCleave Writer & Director

By Denise Kaminsky

"Road" lead performers Catherine Kellner and Ebon Moss-Bachrach won the Jury Award for Outstanding Performance at the
film`s premiere screening -- 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival.  Most recently, the film won Best Original Score at the 2006 Brooklyn International Film Festival.
The inspiration for the  film "Road" came from wanting to raise 
awareness of the proliferation of environmental contamination.  Author Leslie McCleave decided to do this through a narrative instead of documentary, hoping maybe she could reach a wider audience through a story. She was also reading Dante`s "The Inferno" at the time, so an ill-fated road trip seemed like a good approach.
The first Canto of the Inferno goes:
Midway on our life`s journey, I found myself in a dark woods, the right road lost --

Shot on locations mainly in Upstate New York, the film is based on Jay and Margaret, who are ex-lovers on a road trip to survey environmental clean-up sites. Being ex-lovers on a road trip is a just a recipe for disaster on its own, add to that the stress of traveling to such bizarre destinations and things start to go badly.

Prior to " ROAD", McCleave has directed three short films:  "Avenue X", which won the Sundance Short Film Award; "Blixa Bargeld Stole My Cowboy Boots", which stars the Soprano`s Michael Imperioli (also premiered at Sundance); and "Meeting Marty", the first short to be produced by Sundance Channel.  "Road" is her first feature-length film. Her present production is a feature documentary on the seminal gospel group "The Blind Boys of Alabama".

For more information on "Road"
and on the film`s home page

For the complete interview with Leslie go to: