SYNOPSIS: Ted Henley lives with his father in their run down motel on a desolate stretch of road. He earns his tiny allowance by collecting the roadkill that litters the highway. But when the motel cash register starts to run dry, Ted decides to turn his attention to collecting bigger game.
In January 2010, award-winning filmmaker, Craig Macneill received a Jerome Foundation grant for production of the short film “Henley.”
"Henley" is based on the chapter "The Henley Road Motel" from author Clay McLeod Chapman’s novel "Miss Corpus" and marks the second collaboration between Chapman and Macneill. Their previous film, "Late Bloomer", was an official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and played over twenty film festivals worldwide--winning the audience award for best short film at the Lake Placid Film Festival.
This is the second collaboration between Macneill and Director of Photography, Noah Greenberg and the first with producer and Art Director, Almitra Corey.
Sweating the days away, Macneill, Greenberg, and Corey turned a humble twelve page script into a haunting portrait of those weathered roadside motels and their desperate owners, capturing that essence of bygone Americana on film before it fades away forever.
In May 2010, the team assembled a tight knit crew of 15 and headed to Cumberland, VA where they spent the next ten days shooting--renovating the Motel into their own jerry-rigged movie-studio. During the day, each of its six rooms were converted into live sets -- while at night, the crew returned them to their original setup in order to sleep a few hours before starting all over again the very next morning.
At the center of the production was our wonderful lead, Hale Lytle. Hale, a Richmond native, was chosen from over one hundred children who read for the part. An untrained actor who has never once graced the stage, Hale possessed the raw talent that most performers -- adults and children alike -- wish they were born with.
Even with the generous support of the Jerome Foundation, Macneill and crew now needs additional funding to complete the film. Funds raised will go towards color grading, sound design, publicity of the film – along with photographing two additional scene inserts. These aspects of post-production are critical to the film – and very costly.
Your generous contribution will not only help complete "Henley," but help further the enduring and unique collaboration between Macneill and Chapman.
Please visit us at www.henleyfilm.com.
- Craig Macneill
- Clay McLeod Chapman
- Noah Greenberg
- Almitra Corey
- (37 days)