Exit 10 is a haunting work of classic Americana written in story and song by Daniel Dean Darst. Michael Altman makes his theatrical directorial debut with a nod to his father, legendary director Robert Altman. He and Darst, collaborator and confidant of the late film icon, carry on his legacy in this second generation alliance.
Master storyteller Danny Darst weaves a tale of alter ego, Mike Talburt. Abandoned by his mother on the day his daddy was buried, he travels wherever trucks and trains will take him. With a guitar slung over his shoulder, he follows the path of gypsies and migrants in the post Dust Bowl 1950s.
In the '60s, he lands a steady job at a truck stop garage at Exit 10 in Auburn, Massachusetts. Strong, handsome and streetwise, he is making good money in spite of a devious co-worker. Side deals with hookers and pimps up the ante so Mike can woo the long-legged Lydia and drive her around in his Lincoln Continental with the top down. When Lydia shimmies close to hold him tight, Mike feels a sense of belonging that's long escaped him.
Exit 10 evokes a time when passing freight trains rumbled by in the distance calling out to men who could not turn away.