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A short film based on the story by Robert M. Coates starring Peter Jacobson and Shannyn Sossamon.
A short film based on the story by Robert M. Coates starring Peter Jacobson and Shannyn Sossamon.
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We're Nate Bell and Andy Morehouse--longtime friends who've dreamed of making a movie together since we were roommates in college. That dream is finally being realized with THE HOUR AFTER WESTERLY, a short film based on the classic story by Robert M. Coates.

Peter Jacobson (Photo: Firehouse Creative)
Peter Jacobson (Photo: Firehouse Creative)

About the Film

THE HOUR AFTER WESTERLY is a drama with a mystery at its center: What happened to Davis Harwell while driving home on his sales route one fateful evening? Our protagonist is a meticulous man whose life has grown comfortably dull. But when he nods off at the wheel and wakes up a full hour later with no memory of what happened to him, he is presented with a tantalizing mystery. Why does he have visions of a lighthouse, a row of cottages, and a beautiful woman he's never met before? Davis decides to find the answer, but what he discovers is far more disturbing than he bargains for.

Andy Morehouse, Shannyn Sossamon, Peter Jacobson, Nate Bell (Photo: Firehouse Creative)
Andy Morehouse, Shannyn Sossamon, Peter Jacobson, Nate Bell (Photo: Firehouse Creative)

We've collaborated on several smaller projects before, but THE HOUR AFTER WESTERLY is our first ambitious production, and we've assembled a stellar team for the job. Peter Jacobson (House, Colony, The Americans, NCIS: Los Angeles) plays Davis, a man whose unsettling encounter with the unknown inspires him to embark on an obsessive search for meaning. Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight's Tale, 40 Days and 40 Nights, Wristcutters: A Love Story, The Rules of Attraction) is the Woman at the Cottage, an enigmatic figure who begins to haunt Davis's dreams. Milica Govich (The Fault in Our Stars) is Edna, Davis's wife, who senses the growing distance between her and her husband. The cast also includes Thomas Wilson Brown (Silverado, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids), Mike Shiflett (Lincoln, Killing Kennedy), Holly Hawkins (Alice in Wonderland, Vice), Kevin E. Stafford, and newcomer Willy Wilhelm.

Peter Jacobson, Thomas Wilson Brown (Photo: Firehouse Creative)
Peter Jacobson, Thomas Wilson Brown (Photo: Firehouse Creative)

The project was born when a friend introduced Nate to Robert M. Coates's short story "The Hour After Westerly," which was originally published in The New Yorker in 1947. Ray Bradbury was among its ardent admirers. Following several years of development, we wrote a screenplay, gathered a crew, and shot for several days in Whidbey Island, WA last October. We wrapped production in Whittier, CA and Bellflower, CA in December, and we're in postproduction right now. Our goal is to raise at least $15,000 so we can finish the editing, scoring, sound design, and color timing, as well as recover some of the production costs before entering the film festival circuit. We believe we have an intriguing, powerful story on our hands, and we're eager to share it with as wide an audience as possible.

William Hellmuth, Director of Photography (Photo: Firehouse Creative)
William Hellmuth, Director of Photography (Photo: Firehouse Creative)

Our film is shot in the classical style (think Hitchcock), and the narrative evokes The Twilight Zone in its eerie, twisty plot. Our brilliant Director of Photography William Hellmuth took full advantage of the Pacific Northwest settings to achieve a look and feel that will enthrall the viewer. Our production team includes Jillian Ross (Costume Designer), Morgan Gannes (Set Costumer – California), Joelle Cary (Production Designer), Nicholas Garza (Art PA), Laura Wentworth (Hair & Makeup – Washington), Chrishelle Cortez (Hair – California), Kelly Bolin (Makeup – California), Julianna Ulrich (1st AD), Katie Carpenter (1st AC), Austin Sabado (1st AC – California), Minmin Tsai (2nd AC – Washington), Theo Sturz (2nd AC – California), Mark Lopez (Gaffer), Michael Butterfield (Key Grip – Washington), Logan Alesso (Key Grip – California), Wes Langdon (DIT & BTS), Hayden Warner (Camera PA – California), Christopher Marino (Sound), Nathan Johnson (Production Coordinator), Laura Honeycutt (Set PA – Washington), Nick Janzen (Set PA), Evan France (Set PA), and Steve Burt (Driver).


About the Filmmakers

Nate Bell (Photo: Firehouse Creative)
Nate Bell (Photo: Firehouse Creative)

A lifelong devotee of cinema, Nate Bell teaches film history and theory at Azusa Pacific University and writes film criticism for L.A. Weekly. A graduate of Biola University and Chapman University, he lives in Whittier, CA with his wife Emily and their two children.

Andy Morehouse (Photo: Firehouse Creative)
Andy Morehouse (Photo: Firehouse Creative)

For the past ten years, Andy Morehouse has led a career as a marketing director for a software company in Southern California. Also a cinephile, Andy studied filmmaking and creative writing at Biola University and has been an avid writer and musician for over 20 years. He lives in Wildomar, CA with his wife Chelsea and their four children.

Risks and challenges

Shooting this film has been enormously exciting for us. Orson Welles once described making movies as "the biggest electric train set a boy ever had." At the same time, it's been a daunting challenge. We've had to toggle between busy family and work schedules and sacrifice all kinds of comfort in order to get this project off the ground. Until now, the film has been entirely self-financed. If we don't meet our goal for this campaign, postproduction will shut down and the film will be delayed indefinitely. Will you help us share this exciting story with as many people as we can?

We're passionate about building a community around this film. In the true spirit of independent filmmaking, we're working outside the studio system without traditional financial support so we can fully achieve our vision. We think taking this route has paid off artistically, and we're looking forward to entertaining and thrilling you with THE HOUR AFTER WESTERLY.

Thank you advance for your support!

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