The movie is based on the nonfiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. The book documents the lives of nomads, many whom lost jobs and savings after the 2008 economic crash, and were forced to go on the road to find temporary jobs at Amazon fulfillment centers, sugar beet processing plants, and campgrounds. The movie is a fictionalized account based one of the main nomads in the book, Linda May. Frances McDormand's character, Fern, is left without a home when her husband dies and the company town where she lives closes down. The movie follows Fern's journey as she struggles with living in a van, working at Amazon, and making friends among the nomads.
One of her stops is Quartzsite where she joins the nomads at the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous. That's when we came in! Chloe Zhao, the director, works without a rigid script or many professional actors so we just went about our lives with the filming going on around us. Tony and I had very minor roles in the background of a few scenes. I think we're probably cut out but our RV is in the background in the first few seconds of the trailer. :-)
We were not supposed to take photographs but I got a few of the gathering of vehicles. The group photo was taken by a member of the crew. Frances and Bob Wells are laying on the ground in the front and Tony and I are right behind them.