REUNION is an ultra low-budget horror film set to shoot in Seattle in July 2011.
LOGLINE: During the weekend of their ten-year reunion, four old friends (and their respective others) are trapped in a house by the man they allegedly assaulted in high school.
A BRIEF HISTORY
REUNION began with a letter. It was a number years ago now, and the letter arrived in the mailbox of someone I know. It was unexpected and its contents were a surprise. It was from an old high school classmate and in essence it was a letter of forgiveness. The letter's author was writing to let my friend know that what my friend had engaged in during their high school years together (mocking words directed at the letter's author) had not gone unnoticed. And then the author wrote that my friend was forgiven.
My friend had grown up and moved on, probably not thinking anything about how words spoken in high school might have affected the party the words were directed at. He was embarrassed by the letter, embarrassed by how he had behaved as a much younger person.
All of this got me thinking. This kind of thing (and worse) goes on in high schools all around the country. Kids get picked on. It happens.
And for the most part it ends with graduation. People grow up, move on. High school becomes a distant memory. But, as the letter proved, sometimes the hurts and scars of high school aren't so easily forgotten. Fortunately, in my friend's case, the person he had once wronged chose to forgive him. It was probably the author's own way of moving on.
But what if that hadn't been the case?
That is the premise of REUNION. Imagine the letter's author had not forgotten, had not forgiven, and had not moved on. Imagine that those years after high school had been filled with thoughts of one thing -- revenge. And what better time to put those years of planning and preparation into action than the weekend of the ten year reunion?
So if you weren't always the kind person you are today, if you had moments during your own high school sojourn you'd like to forget, and you receive an invitation to a cocktail party the night before your own reunion, an invitation without a return address and no host mentioned... It might be best to politely decline it.
Ten years is a lot of time for rage to build. It's a lot of time to prepare. And should you accept his invitation, you'll find that he's more than ready for you.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Writer-director - Jeremy David Bell is a graduate of the Seattle Film Institute's total immersion program. He has experience with shooting on film (Super 8, 16mm MOS, Super 16) and video (DVX100b, HVX200, Canon EOS 7D). He has been writing screenplays for ten years and in 2005 his spec script HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL was a semifinalist in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting contest (http://www.oscars.org/awards/nicholl/index.html), placing it in the top two percent of nearly six thousand entries from around the world. REUNION is his feature directing debut. See some of his work at: www.vimeo.com/jeremydbell
Producer/Assistant Editor - Matt Ralston. Matt has spent the last two years producing TV spots. He has seven years of editing and post-production experience. He currently produces commercials for the Washington State Lottery via Cole and Weber United. Take a look at some of his work here: www.vimeo.com/mattralston
Producer/Line Producer - Jared Callaway Hagen. Jared is a graduate of the Seattle Film Institute's total immersion program, where he shot and edited projects in a variety of formats, from Super 8 to Super 16 to the Canon EOS 7D. He most recently worked on Kevin Hamedani's JUNK, which is currently slated for 2011 release.
Director of Photography - Christian Hansen. Christian has shot a number of videos, commercials, and short films. His work can be viewed here: http://vimeo.com/10981894 and here: http://www.christiansorensenhansen.com/
Editor - Cam Rumford. Cam has four years of production experience. He has directed several music videos and short films. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he is editing a documentary about high school football players in Tennessee. See some of his work here: http://vimeo.com/user2033792/videos
WHAT THE MONEY RAISED WILL BE USED FOR
All money raised during this Kickstarter campaign will go directly toward production costs. These include: equipment rental (lenses, lights, tripods, etc), craft services (food for cast and crew), transportation (getting people to and from locations), prop rentals, (fake) BLOOD!!!, mask construction.
By supporting REUNION you will be supporting a labor of love, and encouraging other aspiring filmmakers that it is possible -- more possible now than ever -- to make original, interesting films outside of the Hollywood system, films that maintain the creative focus their creators intended, rather than ones forced on them by marketing departments and focus groups. Again -- an original film. As in -- not a remake, not a video game adaptation, not a sequel.
We couldn't be more excited about REUNION and we thank you so much for taking the time to look at our project.
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