Lost love comes back to haunt in a ghost story about relationships by Jonathan J. Johnson and Ana Kayne.
The Creek When He Came Back
A feature film from Ana Kayne and Jonathan J. Johnson
While modeling in the Catskills, Chris finds a landscape that holds for her a host of haunting visitors and echoes of the relationship she just walked out on.
In June 2012, we set out to shoot a short film entitled The Creek When He Came Back. The film is a ghost story that explores the echoes and residual effects of past relationships. While shooting, our team quickly uncovered far more than we had anticipated. We hope to bring these haunting moments to the film; to fill out the story by shooting "flashback" scenes in New York City. Why does Chris decide to leave her current relationship with her ex-boyfriend? How do Danny and Chris meet? Do all breaks have to be so violent? With your help, we can answer these questions and make "Creek..." a feature film!
$5000 is the minimum amount we need to raise to be able to pay for camera, lighting, sound, and grip; set design, travel, props, location expenses, and meals for our cast and crew. But there is no limit to the amount we can raise. If you like what you see from the video and the stills, imagine what we could accomplish with more.
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After Chris (Ana Kayne-Another Earth, Louie) abruptly walks out on her boyfriend, she heads to the country with a photographer for an impromptu modeling session near his family home in upstate New York. Chris soon finds that the woods surrounding the property have the uncanny ability to manifest ghostly visions of the past, both beautiful and haunting. When the photographer, Danny, leaves to visit his estranged father in a town nearby, the visions intensify and Chris finds herself alone as an unexpected visitor arrives with a daunting favor to ask of her.
Weird, funny, haunting, and surreal, The Creek When He Came Back was born out of a desire to explore cinema's ability to bring to "life" those that have passed by in our lives and those that have passed on to another side. It explores how echoes of our past relationships, people we've lost and some we've given up on, can crop up in the most unlikely moments and places.
Your support means our crew and cast will have the support they need to survive the shoot and bring this unique film to life. Thank You!
Actress ANA KAYNE stars as Chris, a woman who after shacking up with a photographer upstate finds herself confronted by visions of the past and an unexpected visitor who asks her help in fulfilling his last rites. Ana and Jonathan most recently collaborated on a short film Dog which is premiering this summer at the Northside Festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her film and TV credits include Another Earth, Louie, and Uncertainty.
ASHLEY SPRINGER plays the role of the photographer who takes Chris upstate to his family home for a modeling shoot. Ashley attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he trained at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in NYC. His film credits include Teeth and Dare.
MATT BURNS plays the role of the Lost Hiker, one of the stronger visions that appears to Chris. Matt's roles include Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Gossip Girl, and has a degree from The Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. He's also a musician and one of the founders of the Brooklyn Salsa Company.
WILL ROGERS plays the role of Chris' ex-boyfriend. He graduated from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts before breaking off into NY theatre. In addition, Will has worked for numerous regional theaters, including Williamstown, Humana, St. Louis Rep, Pioneer Theatre, and more. His television and film credits include: Law and Order, Blue Bloods, and Gossip Girl, and the films The Bay (directed by Barry Levinson), Nancy Please, Happy New Year, and Day 427. Will recently joined Ana in the cast of Jonathan's short film Dog, this spring.
You can see more stills from the June shoot on our Flickr page here: bit.ly/Nhtu9A
WHO WE ARE
The Creek When He Came Back team was born when I met Ana Kayne at a reading of my debut feature screenplay at the 2011 IFP Script to Screen Conference in Tribeca, New York. Although the critique laid on me was, in polite terms, "harsh", Ana maintains to this day that she was impressed by my conviction in defending my cinematic point of view in the face adversity. In turn, Ana really blew me away as a unique, soulful, and beautiful actress. I knew I wanted to work with her and I began to craft a script for her that would later become The Creek When He Came Back.
We began working together, I found that Ana was not only an amazing actress but also quite adept and intelligent producer, a real driving force behind the success of the projects of which she is a part. In April, we spent a weekend shorting the short film Dog (made in a day, in the rain, for under $500) and we were thrilled with the result. The fact that we were able to work together without one of us throwing a slate at the other was a plus, too. The Creek When He Came Back, presents an exciting opportunity with us to take this collaboration to the next level.
In addition, our team includes Director of Photography David Feeney-Mosier, Leo Schott and Johnny Sousa in the camera department, Alan Kudan and Vincent Kira Fayol in the sound department, and members of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, a group that meets weekly to workshop and develop its members scripts and films and is an unending source of talented crew and support.
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
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ABOUT OUR REWARDS:
We've narrowed our rewards down to some of the most popular from our previous campaign. We think their a lot of fun and give you a chance to be a part of the The Creek When He Came Back experience. If you've given to our previous campaign and chose to give again, we will gladly double your reward to the next highest level.
Personalized Polaroids from the Creek set!
Sketches from the set by Eric Diehl!
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Born and raised in Tulsa, OK, Jonathan was drawn to film at an early age. Raised on the Marx Brothers and Bill Murray, his love of film was expanded the films of Terrence Malick who helped cement the idea that cinema can be a transcending expression of philosophy, love, and humankind's relationship to nature and the universe we live in.
A graduate of Pratt Institute of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in Film Production, Jonathan lives, writes, and creates in Brooklyn, NY. He has worked as an associate producer, assistant-editor, post-production coordinator and archival researcher for the acclaimed producers and directors at Lumiere Productions and Antidote Films International.
Director of the short films, Dog, and The Choctaw Funeral Cry, his debut feature screenplay Everyone But You was featured as one of 25 top emerging narratives at the 2010 IFP Independent Film Week in Manhattan and IFP's Script-to-Screen Conference in March 2011.
We love hearing from our supporters and prospective supporters, and hope that this film inspires many conversations in the future. Please contact us at RabbitBearMountainFilms AT gmail DOT com with any questions whatsoever, and be sure to check us out on TUMBLR, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, PINTEREST.
From the very deepest bottoms of our hearts, thank you for visiting the page and thank you for considering making a donation. We're more grateful for every supporter than you will ever know.
Love, the entire CREEK team
Thank you for visiting our Kickstarter campaign page for The Creek When He Came Back. We look forward to having you on board!
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