• Oil on Bone

  • Heather McQuaid
  • Unrepped
  • Available
  • Drama
  • Scouted
  • 71.7
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A 19-year-old woman with past trauma gets the help of a private investigator to find out what really happened to her mom years before.
A young artist hires a private investigator to help her look into her mother's murder after a moment at a family gathering triggers a traumatic, repressed childhood memory relating to the murder to resurface.
A young artist who struggles to cope with mental illness and fractured memories is told that the man who was in prison for killing her mother didn’t actually confess to the crime, and that he will soon be free. With the help of a private investigator, she goes to the cabin where the crime took place and starts trying to discover the facts of the case.
Female Protagonist, Crime, Drama, Family, Mystery, Murder, Mental Illness, Corruption, Art, Dysfunctional Family, Alcoholism, Betrayal, Daughter, Death, Father/Daughter, Grief, Investigation, Killer, Mother, Private Investigator, Rural, Siblings
White / European
Searching, The Kid Detective, Where the Crawdads Sing, The Gift (2000), Frailty, Dolores Claiborne, Mystic River
Mostly over a couple weeks with a jump in time of a few months near the end
Allegheny Mountains, Pennsylvania - Convenience store / Route 66 / Haller's store / country road / rural road / ranch house / cabin / Smoke house / clearing / Mike's pickup truck / Mike's garage / Leon's apartment / forest / Walter's truck / river bank / Oil City police station / Mike's kitchen / Dive bar / Cornfield / woods / tool shed / burial site / Bobby's car Pittsburgh, PA - Erica's house - attic studio, kitchen, garage, Erica's bedroom, Zoe's bedroom, hall, living room, spare bedroom/ Erica's backyard / Erica's driveway / Car / Jackie's back porch / Archie's Jeep / Jackie's front door / Smithfield Prison / Jackie's SUV
In 2009 in the Allegheny Mountains, six-year-old ZOE CARDINAL witnesses a body being buried in the woods.

13 years later, Zoe is an immature artist with dissociative amnesia, trying to pass her driving test and living with her sister ERICA (25) and niece LILY (8) in Pittsburgh.

When her father ARCHIE (late 50s) bangs his head at Lily's birthday party, he hums a Woody Guthrie song that triggers Zoe's memories. She begins sleepwalking again and funnels her past trauma into dozens of paintings of an old family cabin in the woods.

After learning that the man convicted of killing her mother is set to be released from prison, Zoe and private investigator JACKIE STONE (50s) return to the family cabin in search of the truth behind what really happened.

Discovering Zoe's paintings, Archie reverts to his alcoholic state as Zoe and Jackie explore the cabin and the neighboring towns.

Frank is released from prison and picked up by his brother MIKE (late 40s) while Zoe befriends her friendly, but grizzled neighbor WALTER (60s). Jackie uses her connections as a former police officer and discovers a dead body of a suspect. She is suspected of murder and taken into police custody.

Jackie is taken from...