Devil’s Damned To Try tells the story of an Appalachian man’s struggle to overcome a life altering event caused by his own reckless decisions. The film is told in two intertwining timelines revealing vital pieces of the puzzle until the final revelation. In one story, we follow our unnamed hero (or antihero) through his days as a saw mill worker in a small Tennessee town. We watch as he miserably stalks a mother and her young son. His nights are consumed by alcohol and regret. The man is haunted by something, something we have yet to witness. In the second story, we follow our hero through the thick winter forest as he searches for wild deer on a solo hunting trip. The man is troubled by a dramatic situation at home. As he hunts, he begins to reveal his true being. The peaceful silence of the forest will become the man’s eternal torment.
"Devil’s Damned To Try is a very personal story to both actor Riley Anglen and I. We knew that if we were going to make a film together, we needed the right subject matter to really sink our teeth into. I wrote the story for Riley, knowing he would be perfect for the part. With Devils Damned, we knew that what was on paper was very heavy and emotional, and we needed to focus intensely on the tone that we wanted to create.
Riley and I are both from small towns in Northeast Tennessee. We love the culture and find it to be inspiring. It was important to me to portray this area and its people in a very real and unabashed way. We thought for a while and realized that the best way to do this is to shoot everything as it is. There are very few actual actors in the film. Most extras are all real people that just happened to be where we were shooting on that day. Almost all locations were real and opened for business while we filmed. Some would almost call it a “documentary” style that we adopted.
I’ve gotta say, Riley killed it. I have never experienced what real acting is until I watched him through the monitor. He relates to a character in an intimate way that allows him to release any stored anger or remorse into the lens. It’s a beautiful thing to see a person attach themselves to a role in this way, and often times quite scary.” -Marshall Burnette
Risks and challenges
Making a movie is no stroll through the park. It takes a lot of crafts people and technical support to execute a production. Production is merely gathering all of the correct pieces of lumber to build the house. Making the movie comes in the post production phase where you carefully assemble each unique piece. We are yet to take the film through the processes of editing, audio mixing, musical composition and color correction.
We have an incredible movie waiting to be made, we just need your support to fund this last process.
The way that kickstarter works is none of the funding goes through unless all of the funding goes through, so we're counting on you!
Some questions you might have.
When will the film come out?
We plan to finish the film in June 2013.
What are your plans for the film upon completion?
With your help, we will submit to Festivals worldwide including (Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Sundance, and hometown Nashville)
We also will premiere the film in Nashville at the prestigious Belcourt theatre with friends and family.
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