2,000 Feet Away takes place in Eldon, Iowa: a small community of just under 1,000 people and the setting for Grant Wood's iconic painting American Gothic. In 2005, the Iowa State Legislature passed a bill making it a criminal offense for a registered sex offender to live within 2,000 feet of a school. Many towns in Iowa, including Eldon, have added more locations to the list of prohibited places, such as daycare centers, parks, shopping malls, public swimming pools, bus stops, and libraries. In most towns, one of these places is within 2,000 feet of another. Due to the systematic eviction of sex offenders from their homes, the majority of known sex offenders in Iowa have now fallen off the grid and disappeared from public record. In 2,000 Feet Away, a deputy is assigned to transport one of the convicted to a new residence. But where do you bring someone who isn't allowed anywhere and certainly isn't wanted?