Actress-turned-director Lori Petty makes her feature directorial debut with Poker House, a period drama set in 1976 that explores a typical day in the life of a decidedly atypical teen named Agnes (Jennifer Lawrence). Some folks have the luxury of living each day to the fullest, but for Agnes every day is a grueling struggle for survival; her mother (Selma Blair) is strung-out on drugs, her home has been overrun by degenerates, and her only father figure is a pimp. For Agnes and her two younger sisters this particular day will be marked by both tragedy and triumph, but which will resonate most in the days and weeks to follow? We recently met up with Petty, as well as her two leading ladies Selma Blair and Jennifer Lawrence, to chat about the making of this coming of age drama. To watch our exclusive interviews, click on the video below:

Poker House is currently playing in limited release throughout the country. It will be available everywhere on DVD on August 18th, 2009.