Tom's Wife: 2011 CIFFF First Place Winner!

Using a then proto-type lens that would later revolutionize digital video's ability to have a true filmic quality, Tom's Wife was a monumental achievement in micro-budget cinema. An authentically period drama shot on practical sets in Elgin, Texas, using meticulously selected antique props and costumes, carefully researched colloquial dialogue, and a cast of talented unknowns, Tom's Wife was called "a sincere and austere feature that vividly convey period flavor," by Variety Magazine. The filmmakers diligently crafted a quiet and honest Depression era story of a young woman trapped in an abusive marriage who finds grace in the friendship of her neighbor, and hope in the love of a traveling salesman. Garnering awards at festivals all over the world, Tom's Wife offers a glimpse into the scope of truly independent cinema and will be a joy to watch for anyone looking for a story with heart and dignity. Written by B. Allen

From the point of view of Tom's wife, one sees flashes of poignant love and beauty piercing through a dark curtain of daily hardships and shocking tragedy in a tiny, Hill Country community circa 1932. It's all there: life, death, hope, betrayal, humor, sadness, love and justice. This film is an example of great work from a talented cast and crew that we'll be hearing more about in the future. Tom's Wife has won honors and accolades from industry experts and festival audiences. The film's upcoming distribution will make it possible for more film lovers to see a beautiful story, well told by an original filmmaker with obvious heart and integrity.


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=Alana Cash: Writer and Filmmaker


Alana Cash Interview

Alana Cash is an author, educator and award-winning film maker. She started out working as an accountant, landed a job at Lucasfilm and later at a high-profile literary agency.

Eventually she began taking writing classes and submitted a piece to a short story contest, which garnered her an honorable mention. “I was hooked,” she says. At that point Alana began writing more short stories, teaching writing courses and workshops, and writing the story that would become the book and movie Tom’s Wife. PBS chose Cash to be featured in their series A Writer’s Exchange, a program that profiled sixty U.S. teachers over ten years.
She’s made several documentaries about historic women and a feature film based on the story line from Tom’s Wife, which has won thirteen awards. Since the movie was so successful, Cash decided to publish the book as well.
You can find more information about the book and movie Tom’s Wife at, and learn more about Alana Cash’s documentaries at

Variety Film Review

==An Annie's Egg Co. production. Produced by Alana Cash, Cameron Cash. Directed, written by Alana Cash.==

With: Meredith May, Shasta Lusk, Kit Wannen, Cameron Cash, Brian Floyd.
A low-key backwoods tragedy set in Depression-era Texas, "Tom's Wife" recalls indie heartland dramas that proliferated on fest circuit two decades ago. Writer-director Alana Cash's sincere and austere feature vividly conveys period flavor, despite obvious budgetary limitations, and showcases a strong lead performance by Meredith May. But dawdling pace, derivative plot and lack of satisfying dramatic fireworks will limit pic's appeal to venturesome fest auds and indulgent cable viewers.
Annie (May), a naive woman still in her late teens, runs a small farm while her moody husband Tom (Kit Wannen) works on a far-off oil rig. Alternately abused and ignored by her cloddish spouse, Annie relies on best friend Twila (Shasta Lusk) while enduring painful childbirth, domestic violence and chronic loneliness. Virtually a prisoner, Annie attracts sympathetic attention of Jake (Cameron Cash), a traveling peddler who gradually -- rather too gradually -- rekindles Annie's long-dormant passions. Some stretches of down-home dialogue ring false, and contrived finale relies too heavily on violence by minor, late-introduced character. But Jessica Gallant's color lensing is exceptional, and May's thesping is understated yet affecting.

Camera (color), Jessica Gallant; editors, Robb Sullivan, Eric Shusterman. Reviewed on videocassette, Houston, May 7, 2004. (In WorldFest/Houston Film Festival.) Running time: 94 MIN.