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FOCUS ON PROMISED LAND
people in film Matt Damon
In PROMISED LAND, Matt Damon plays an everyman figure caught in a web of corporate intrigue and small-town politics. As in some roles before, Damon shows he is a master of making the familiar at once emotional and powerfully complex.
 
people in film John Krasinski
In writing and starring in PROMISED LAND, John Krasinski brings together the skills he’s been honing for the last few years – from acting in smart romantic comedies and the TV hit The Office, as well as writing and directing a feature film.
people in film Hal Holbrook
Cast as the thoughtful teacher who calls for reason in PROMISED LAND, Hal Holbrook is on familiar ground. Since playing Mark Twain as a youth, he’s been Hollywood’s go-to actor for a sage, smart figure.
 
people in film Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand has risen to become one of film’s most respected actresses for the depth and humanity she brings to her characters, as well as her seemingly magical ability to transform herself from role to role.
people in film Gus Van Sant
A look at the varied career of Gus Van Sant, the director of PROMISED LAND, from his avant-garde and minimalist roots to his forays into mainstream Hollywood cinema.
 
Video PROMISED LAND Featurette
The filmmakers of PROMISED LAND take you behind the scenes.
Video PROMISED LAND’s Los Angeles Premiere
Video of PROMISED LAND’s Premiere in Los Angeles.
 
Inside Our Movies The Powerful Vision of PROMISED LAND
While PROMISED LAND deals with contemporary issues, the dramatic struggle at its heart, explains the cast and crew, is as old and profound as the promise of America itself.
Inside Our Movies Building a Community in PROMISED LAND
Matt Damon and John Krasinski wrote and star in PROMISED LAND, and their supporting cast of remarkable actors, like Frances McDormand, Hal Holbrook, and Rosemarie DeWitt, gives this American story real depth and dimension.
 
Inside Our Movies Seeing PROMISED LAND
In PROMISED LAND, cinematographer Linus Sandgren and costume designer Juliet Polcsa worked with Gus Van Sant to bring to the screen an America audiences could recognize.
Inside Our Movies Finding PROMISED LAND
While PROMISED LAND is an all American tale, the film was shot in real locations in Western Pennsylvania whose citizens and landscape helped shape the story.
 
Inside Our Movies Getting to the PROMISED LAND
When John Krasinski told Matt Damon about his idea for a movie several years ago, neither had any idea it was the beginning of a remarkable writing collaboration – and beautiful friendship.
Story
In Promised Land, Matt Damon stars as Steve Butler, a corporate salesman whose journey from farm boy to big-time player takes an unexpected detour when he lands in a small town, where he grapples with a surprising array of both open hearts and closed doors. Gus Van Sant helms the film from an original screenplay written by John Krasinski & Matt Damon, from a story by Dave Eggers.
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