The Poker House
Directed and co-written by Iowa native Lori Petty, co-written by and starring Michigan native David Alan Grier. Supporting cast includes Michigan native Selma Blair (Hellboy), newcomer Jennifer Lawrence and a wealth of Chicago talent. An ordinary day in young Agnes' life is anything but. With a strung-out mother, a pimp father figure, and a home overrun by gamblers, thieves, and johns, Agnes is simply trying to survive. Following Agnes and her two younger sisters on a day touched by tragedy and triumph, actor-turned-director Lori Petty presents a unique coming-of-age story that eschews predictability and indie tropes.
THE POKER HOUSE was presented at the Midwest Independent Film Festival on February 3, 2009, earning nominations for multiple Best of the Midwest Awards, winning for Best Director Lori Petty.